Police begins probe into Wike’s audio tape in Rivers rerun poll

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim K. Idris has set up a team of detectives to conduct investigations into all the violent incidences in the recently held legislative rerun poll in Rivers State.
Specifically, members of the team are expected to verify the authenticity of an audio recording purported to be the voice of Governor Nyesom Wike, wherein he threatened to kill some unidentified staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The action is coming on the heels of a statement credited to the Chairman of INEC, Professor Yakubu Mahmud who identified no fewer than seventy violent incidents that marred 10th December, 2016 re-run elections.
While stating that the team is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police who has vast experience in investigation, it (the statement), added that the team has 30 days to complete the investigation and submit report.
A statement issued by the Force Headquarters on Saturday stated that the mandate of the probe panel include to unravel those who directly or indirectly are responsible for such incidences and bring them to justice.
According to the statement, “The investigative team is also mandated to conduct forensic analysis on the audio report released by Sahara Reporters purportedly to be the voice of the Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Wike (CON) pertaining to the concluded elections.”
“The Government of Rivers State and INEC are enjoined to avail the investigative team with facts at their disposal and grant them the desired cooperation and assistance to achieve a comprehensive and conclusive investigation.
“The election observers, civil society groups, Human Rights watchers and other stakeholders are equally called upon to assist the team with valuable information they may have.”

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