The Nigeria Police on Tuesday said it has recovered about N111 million from officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who were allegedly bribed by the Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, to rig the December 10, 2016 legislative rerun elections in the state.
Damian Okoro, a deputy commissioner of police, who chaired the Nigerian Police Special Joint Investigation Panel on Rivers Rerun set up by the police inspector general to probe the discrepancies that accompanied the poll disclosed this while presenting his report.
“The sum total of N111.3 million was recovered from 23 electoral officials out of N360 million,” he said.
Okoro displayed large sums of money and said that while most of the INEC officials got N15 million each, three senior electoral officers got N20 million each.
The Rivers State Government had earlier declared that it had no confidence in the panel set up by the police boss. While hosting the panel at the Government House in January, Gov. Wike said they were already working towards a predetermined conclusion and so he had no faith in their work and will not participate.
“I must tell you with all honesty that my people and I will not participate in the sitting of this panel. We have challenged the setting up of this panel in court.
“Let there be a judicial pronouncement on this matter. It will enrich our jurisprudence. This panel has not shown us that it will not be biased,” he said.
He added: “All these activities are orchestrated so that APC will use the materials therefrom at the Tribunal. Even you as the chairman of the panel cannot say from your conscience that you are not biased.”
Speaking further, Wike said, “We believe that the Panel has already taken a decision. We are convinced that the essence of the panel is to witch-hunt our people and we have evidence to show. We cannot because of one man’s interest, destroy the state .
“Already, you have dismissed policemen attached to me without even hearing from me. This is the same panel that claims it is investigating the conduct of all policemen during the rerun legislative elections.”
The state government is yet to respond to reports of the panel’s findings.