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Time Up For A Compromised IGP – By Simeon Nwaka [Updated]

Administrative Inquiry prepared by INEC has exposed the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for who he is: a threat to Nigeria's democracy. 

If you are not ashamed over the sad complicity of the nation’s security agencies  in the  desperate attempt  of the APC  to rig the December 10, 2016 rerun elections, I am.

When it emerged online on the websites of leading Nigerian Newspapers on Tuesday night (February 21, 2017) that an INEC Panel had indicted security  agencies of gross electoral  fraud and crime against  the  Rivers people, I was pleasantly  surprised.  

Pleasantly surprised because we still have responsible  gentlemen  who will never be intimidated  by police guns and administrative threats.

After the initial  surprise, I waited for several hours to see if the report would be celebrated  on the Pro-APC  Television  house domiciled in Lagos or whether our ‘I beg you sir’ National  Television  would mention this landmark  report. 

Expectedly, none  of them had the courage to broadcast  this credible  report. Recall  that they made the IGP Kangaroo Panel report headlines  for days. The Kangaroo Report favoured their payment. 

The Administrative Inquiry into the 10th December 2016 Rivers State Rerun Elections Report prepared by the INEC Panel  with Prof Okechukwu Ibeanu, INEC National Commissioner as Chairman has exposed the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris  for who he is: a threat to Nigeria’s democracy. 

Rivers Rerun Elections of December 10, 2016 will serve as Ibrahim Idris’s waterloo.   If he thinks his illegal  actions would be swept under the carpet because of his ‘motor park’ technique  of raising false alarm, then he is sadly mistaken. 

I have consistently  called for Ibrahim Idris  to be brought to justice  because  Nigeria  cannot afford  another Rivers Rerun where security agencies are deployed  to kill, maim and steal the mandate of the people on behalf of the  ruling APC. 

The country needs to shore  up  the integrity  of the Police and other security agencies as regards their roles in the conduct of elections. Ibrahim Idris  has fallen  short of all acceptable standards. 

He should be eased out and duly prosecuted to serve as a deterrent  to other security  chiefs dreaming of using the nation’s security  infrastructure  to rig polls for the ruling party.

From the reports published in several national dailies, the IGP Kangaroo Panel is yet to send its fraudulent  report  to INEC. One can safely  guess that  they are still doctoring that cooked document with more fictional  allegations  being framed for propaganda purposes.

Aside the sensational cooked snippets of the report released by the IGP Kangaroo Panel, nothing has been made  public for Nigerians  to  assess the methodology  used by the panel to arrive at its predetermined  position . 

The  entire fraudulent exercise  is shrouded  in secrecy and under-the-table actions for the purpose of diverting  attention  from  the innocent  Rivers blood spilled  by the police and  other security agencies  during the Rivers Rerun of December 10, 2016.

The pointed indictment of Security Agencies  for the fraud and violence during the  rerun legislative elections by the INEC Panel  confirms what has been in the public domain before, during and after the elections.  All through this sad period, the police as the lead security agency, played unlawful  part in the fraud.

It is necessary  that I  quote a section  of the INEC Report.

“But, the most mind-boggling were cases of hostage-taking, hijack of materials and physical attacks on INEC officials perpetrated by security operatives. 

Of singular note was a certain policeman named Akin Fakorede, who ostensibly is a commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in Rivers .

“Fakorede first tried to lure INEC staff to travel with him from Port Harcourt to Emohua LGA, under the pretext of enabling them to collate results.

“But, for the intervention of National Commissioners, we suspect that he would have put our staff in harm’s way. When he failed in his initial bid, he stalked the INEC officials to the collation centre in Port Harcourt and physically assaulted Dr. C. Odekpe and Mrs. Mary Tunkayo.

In fact, Dr. Odekpe ended up with a gash on his head and both spent days at the Air Force hospital in Port Harcourt.”

The IGP Kangaroo Panel  exonerated Fakorede who was caught on video attempting to rig the December 10, 2016 rerun elections.  Unconfirmed report  claim Fakorede has been promoted  just like the IGP facilitated the promotion of his propaganda merchant, Mr Don Awunah.  All the SARS Personnel  that worked   with Fakorede  were also promoted.

How can security agents metamorphose into kidnappers and killers, simply because  they were instructed to deliver  the  APC? 

Why would  a constituted  security  authority  assume the position of political  thugs just because  they want to protect  the political interest of a Minister who failed as Governor  in Rivers State?

Why on earth would the security agencies agree to lose their integrity  because of billions released from an interventionist  agency for them to rig elections? But the most heartrending question  would be: why would the Federal Government  allow itself  to  become  the source of political violence against a  federating unit?

Beyond the fact that Governor Wike, a defender of Nigeria’s Democracy, has been  vindicated, is the urgent  need to reform the security agencies and the  electoral process.

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