Nigeria Police say a “high-powered investigation team” has been set up “to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of the (DSP Alkali) officer and submit findings”. The police in a statement on Tuesday also said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris is satisfied with “the performance of the police officers deployed in the re-run parliamentary elections in Rivers State held on Saturday, 10th December, 2016”.
Idris said the police merely “concretized” initial efforts displayed in the Edo and Ondo elections, especially “in the areas of massive deployment of logistics, enabling the process, stakeholders engagement, facilitating voters participation, interagency collaboration and general provision of peace and security in the state before, during and after elections”.
“There is no doubt that some disgruntled elements in the state attempted to foist violence and insecurity on the populace that are generally peace loving.
“Comparatively, the re-run election was a huge success in contrast to past elections in the state that were usually characterized by violence and wanton destruction of lives and property.
“The IGP master plan on election security will continue to be improved upon for future elections in the county. This master plan will usher in credible, fair, free and acceptable elections in accordance with the principles of democratic policing and international best practices”.
Moreover, the police authorities dismissed the report by an NGO, CLEEN Foundation that the elections were “marred by irregularities, large scale violence, professional misconduct and open bias by security operatives and electoral personnel” is in its entirety lurid, fraught with inaccuracies and lacking in substance.