Rivers Rerun: Six Policemen Arrested For Professional Misconduct
At least six policemen have been arrested for professional misconduct during the December 10, 2016 parliamentary rerun elections in Rivers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that those arrested are – Ex-Insp. Eyong Victor, Ex-Sgt. Peter Ekpo, Ex-Sgt. Ogun I. Goodluck, Ex-Sgt. Orji Nwoke, Sgt. Okpe Ezekiel and Ex-Sgt. Tanko Akor.
The Force spokesman, Don Awunah, disclosed this while presenting the suspects to journalists in Abuja on Friday.
“In the course of discreet investigations into the above misconduct, the following personnel were found to have in total disrespect to orders and directives, compromised, engaged in unprofessional acts,” he said.
He said the suspects who were subjected to internal disciplinary measures were found guilty and dismissed from the force.
Awunah added that the suspects would be prosecuted under the Electoral Act to serve as a deterrent to other police personnel.
He explained that the suspects took laws into their hands and opened fire on the crowd.
“They joined in storming the Port Harcourt City Council secretariat and prevented the movement of election results in Emouha polling unit to the appropriate collation centre,” he said.
The force spokesman said the suspects in convoy of the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, on the election day misused firearms contrary to Force Order 237.
He said the suspects violated the warnings and instructions from the police high command that officers on duty should desist from escorting their principals (public officers and politicians) on election days.
Courtesy: The Nation