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Rivers Elections Police recovered N111.3M from INEC officials – Probe panel

The money is said to have been used by the state government to bribe INEC officials in a bid to rig the December 2016 rerun election.

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A police probe panel, on Tuesday, February 7, revealed that it had recovered more than N111 million from electoral officers in Rivers state.

The money is said to have been used by the state government to bribe officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a bid to rig the December 2016 rerun election.

Panel Chairman, DCP Damian Okoro made the disclosure while speaking in Abuja.

“The sum total of N111.3 million was recovered from 23 electoral officials out of N360m,” Okoro said according to Daily Trust.

Governor Nyesom Wike has repeatedly denied rigging the elections but refused to acknowledge the police probe panel and instead created his own.

He also approached the Federal High Court in Abuja in an attempt to stop the probe but the court rejected his plea.

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris told the court that Wike was trying to cover his tracks.

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Idris also said that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Wike had no power to investigate the Rivers polls.

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