BURSTED: Gov Wike Bribed INEC officials with N350m for Rivers Re-run Elections?

The Nigeria Police has recovered more than N111 million from electoral officials alleged to have been bribed by Rivers state government to rig the December 10, 2016 legislative rerun elections in the state.

A panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police which presented its report in Abuja on Tuesday said the money was recovered from 23 suspects allegedly bribed to rig the polls.
The chairman of the panel, DCP Damian Okoro disclosed that, ”the sum total of N111.3 million was recovered from 23 electoral officials out of N360m.
He said that some got N15 million each while three senior electoral officers got N20 million each.
Giving details of the investigation, Mr Okoro said: “We discovered that failure of leadership and followership, rather than law enforcement, was responsible for political upheaval in the state. 
“There was, however, some cases of misconduct on the part of some electoral officers and law enforcement agents, who unfortunately allowed themselves to be compromised in their line of duties and deserve to be disciplined appropriately.
” Responding after receiving the report, the IG, Mr Ibrahim Idris disclosed that a report on the findings of the investigation will be made to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation for further action regarding prosecution.
 “This investigation will put an end to do-or-die politics that is hampering democracy in Nigeria. It will put an end to misconduct among security agents and even among electoral officers especially the killing of security agents who are not politicians but only doing their job.
” Idris vowed that appropriate actions will be taken against those indicted, noting that the six police officers (Governor Wike’s security details) earlier dismissed for misconduct, will be prosecuted. 
Reminded that Governor Wike and Rivers State government had alleged the panel had a pre-conceived plan which may have cast doubts on its findings, the IG said:  “As for the governor of Rivers State, this is democracy, there is freedom of speech, and everybody has freedom to say anything he likes. 
The panel went to meet him and in his wisdom, he refused to co-operate. “But the investigation is a joint investigation of both the Police and the DSS. I believe Nigerian citizens will have confidence in the outcome of the investigation.
 Aside the security agencies, the office of the Attorney-General will be involved. You cannot say these three agencies of arrest, investigation and prosecution cannot be relied on.” Reiterating that the level of indictment according to the report of the investigation cuts across all politicians, INEC and security agents, the IG expressed sadness that officers lost their lives in the election. 
The panel sitting in Abuja had showcased cash running into millions as money Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State allegedly paid to over 23 staff of INEC, as bribe to rig the election.
 However, Rivers State government and Governor Wike  has come out to dismiss the report and  label it 'cheap blackmail'

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