Police display N111m cash INEC officials allegedly received from Rivers government
Police on Tuesday announced the recovery of more than N111 million from electoral officials alleged to have been bribed by Rivers state government.
The money was part of the sum allegedly disbursed during the December 10 rerun polls for legislative elections in the state.
An investigative panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police presented its report in Abuja.
The panel said the money was recovered from 23 suspects allegedly bribed to rig the polls.
Chairman of the panel, DCP Damian Okoro disclosed that,” the sum total of N111.3 million was recovered from 23 electoral officials out of N360m.
”Some N15 million had been given to each.”Three senior electoral officers got N20 million each.”
…Provide evidence I bribed INEC officials – Wike
The Rivers State Government has challenged the Nigerian Police Force to provide evidence that the State Governor, Nyesom Wike bribed some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, with the huge sum of money as alleged by the Force.
Rivers Government was reacting to earlier reports showing the Force displaying huge sum of money allegedly recovered from INEC officials.
The Police investigative Panel had claimed that Wike bribed INEC officials with the sum of N111m to manipulate the December 10 legislative rerun.
A statement by the Rivers Commissioner of Information, Tam-George said by using images that sink to the “lowest depths of blackmail and criminality,” indicated that the Force had been compromised.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Rivers State Government has been drawn to the melodramatic images of heaps of cash, circulated in the media by the so-called police panel of inquiry into the re-run elections in Rivers State, on the 10th of December 2016.
“According to the Police, the heaps of money were “evidence” of bribe allegedly given to officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission – INEC, by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, during the rerun polls.