Fresh report according to Punch Newspaper suggests,
the police authority has just dismissed an Inspector and five sergeants
attached to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, over alleged misuse
of firearms during the legislative rerun in the state in December last
The affected officers according our source are ex-Inspct. Eyong Victor, ex-Sgts. Peter Ekpo, Oguni Goodluck, Orji Nwoke, Okpe Ezekiel and Tanko Akor.
The errant operatives were said to have
stormed the Port Harcourt City Council Secretariat and prevented the
movement of election results of Emouha polling unit to the appropriate
collation centre designated by the Independent National Electoral
Commission in disobedience to senior officers present.
Their actions were said to be contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237.
Parading the former policemen on Friday
in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Awunah stated that
despite strict warnings from the Inspector-General of Police that all
personnel on election duty should be of good conduct and desist from
escorting their principals to polling units throughout the period of the
election, the recalcitrant operatives were found blatantly breaching
This, he added, was unacceptable by all
standards in the Force, noting that in the course of discreet
investigations, the dismissed personnel were found to have in total
disrespect to orders and directives, compromised, engaged in
unprofessional acts and other unbecoming conduct.
Awunah said, “These aforementioned
police personnel while in the convoy of the Governor of Rivers State,
Nyesom Wike on the date of election on December 10, 2016 misused the
firearms in their possession contrary to the provisions of Force Order
“The personnel became overzealous, took laws into their hands and opened fire, causing panic in the crowd.
“They joined in storming the Port
Harcourt City Council Secretariat and prevented the movement of election
results of Emouha polling unit to the appropriate collation centre
designated by INEC, in flagrant disregard and disobedience to senior
police officers present at the venue.”
The spokesman stated that the
operatives, after the conclusion of investigation into the public
mischief, were subjected to internal disciplinary measures, found guilty
and consequently dismissed from the Force.
“They will be prosecuted under the
Electoral Act to serve as a deterrent to others,” he stressed, noting
that the personnel’s misconduct, if not checked could be inimical to
discipline and proper administration of the Force.
Awunah added, “Their actions are capable
of bringing the entire Nigeria Police Force to disrepute and portray
the Force in a very bad light as a lawless organization not guided by
the rule of law.”
The former policemen protested loudly against their dismissal as they were taken away in handcuffs.