The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has appointed a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Damien Okoro, to head a 15-man panel tasked with the responsibility of investigating the alleged phone recordings of Governor Nyesome Wike and the violence recorded during the December 10, 2016 election in Rivers State.
Other members of the panel include intelligence, investigative and forensic experts from the police and the Department of State Services.
Speaking during the inauguration of the panel on Thursday in Abuja, the IG urged the members to consult all relevant stakeholders, including the Rivers State Government, citizens, the Civil Society Organisations and the Independent National Electoral Commission in carrying out their duties.
He said, “The panel members are to, among others (terms), conduct a thorough investigation into the roles of security agents before, during and after the elections; examine the roles of any police officer or security agents whose actions or activities individually or collectively affected the conduct of the elections.”
Other terms of reference of the panel include conducting a forensic analysis on the audio report by an online news medium, Sahara Reporters, against Wike.
The panel would also examine any other matter relevant to the conduct of the elections and make recommendations and implementation strategies to guide future elections.
The panel, which began operations on December, 17, 2016, has 30 days to work and submit its finding.
Meanwhile, a civil rights movement, Coalition of Concerned Civil Society Organisation of Nigeria, on Thursday, led over 300 protesters to the streets protesting against the killings that characterised the recent rerun elections in Rivers State.
The protesters, therefore, called on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the murders of youths and police officers.
While receiving the protesters at the ministry, the Director, General Services, Office of the AGF, Dicks Dikibujiri, commended the protesters for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner even as he assured that their petition would get to the AGF.
The National President of CCCSON, Yusuf Nadabo, who led the peaceful protest to the Ministry of Justice in Abuja, said the only way to ensure democratic stability in the country was to ensure the conduct of peaceful elections.
Some of the placards borne by the protesters read, “Enough is enough,” “We stand with law enforcement agencies,” “We stand with the judiciary,” “Killings in Rivers must stop now,” among others.
Nadabo said the essence of the protest was to reject impunity and electoral violence just as he described what transpired in the Rivers rerun elections as undemocratic.