Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim
Idris, said a high-powered investigation team had been directed to probe the
circumstances surrounding the death of DSP Mohammed Alkali and other missing
officers during the re-run elections in Rivers.
A statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Force
Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Don Awunah, said the IG’s master
plan on election security would continue to be improved upon for future
“This master plan will usher in credible, fair, free and
acceptable elections in accordance with the principles of democratic policing
and international best practices,” Awunah said.
He said some disgruntled elements in the state attempted to
foist violence and insecurity on the populace that were generally peace loving.
“Comparatively, the re-run election was a huge success in
contrast to past elections in the state that were usually characterised by
violence and wanton destruction of lives and property,” he said.
The IG expressed satisfaction with the performance of the
police officers deployed to Rivers for the elections.
“The IGP condoles with the family for this great loss and
identify with the grief of his colleagues,” he said.
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Awunah said that the report by CLEEN Foundation, an NGO,
that the elections were “marred by irregularities, violence, and open bias by
security operatives and electoral personnel lacked substance.
“It is a disservice to the evolving Nigerian democracy and
sacrifice of the security personnel for the CLEEN Foundation report to assert
“It is also saddening for the CLEEN Foundation report to
attribute the death of a police officer, DSP Mohammed in the course of duty to
what the report termed “unwarranted use of force and shooting.
“It is a brazen display of insensitivity to the fallen
officer and disrespect to the family.
“Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are our veritable
partners; the extent to which they justify funding should not undermine
national interest,” he said.
He said that the IGP wished to reassure Nigerians that
enthronement of credible electoral process remained one of the police’s
“In addition, the IGP commends the good people of Rivers for
the cooperation availed the police and other security agencies in the course of
the re-run elections,” the Force spokesman added.
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