Police, Rivers Govt, may clash over alleged plot to abduct INEC boss

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* Wike: Security agencies plan to abduct INEC boss for APC

* Police: This is serious, we must investigate this and punish offenders

By Codratus Godson

Could it be true that the security agencies in Rivers State have concluded plots to abduct the REC in Rivers INEC any moment from now as a way of aborting the Saturday polls in the state, all to please the APC?

The Rivers State government speaking through the media aide to Gov Nyesom Wike said the government has uncovered such a plot. The police in the state has however showed anger, saying it is one allegation too many, and that this one must be investigated to fish out offenders.

This has set a tone for clashes as the Saturday polls draw fast near, going by the statement issued by the CP, Usman Belel, who however may be moving to another state to supervise elections.

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The attention of the Rivers State Police Command has been drawn to a Press Statement Signed by Simon Nwakudu , S.A to the Governor of Rivers State on Electronic Media , on the planned kidnap of the Resident Electoral Commissioner and  subsequent Postponement of the Gubernatorial and House of Assembly Elections Scheduled to hold on Saturday 9th March, 2019.

The Nigeria Police Force being the lead Agency in Internal Security and on Election Security Duties is disturbed by this unverifiable, unfounded, baseless and malicious allegation and hereby wishes to refute and condemn the allegation in the strongest terms and to allay the fears and apprehension generated by that unnecessary and alarmist report by the Rivers State Government.

To this end, it has become increasingly necessary to refute that phantom allegation and herein State as follows:-

That the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security    (ICCES) headed by the Commissioner of Police, ahead of the 2019 Elections met severally and fashioned out modules on the Security of the entire Election  process , which was largely  responsible for the successful conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections in the State.

The Committee remains irrevocably committed and untiring in its efforts to ensure that the Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections scheduled to hold on Saturday are peaceful, credible and devoid of violence.

That the Rivers State Government, is levying this weighty allegation on the Security Agencies at this crucial moment, is indeed sad and unfortunate, when in actual fact, the Security Agencies should be encouraged and prayed for by all and sundry, to entrench a credible process that will stand the test of time.

That the allegation of kidnap of the Resident Electoral Commissioner and postponement of the Elections, are all serious issues that touch on State Security, hence they will be thoroughly investigated, to ascertain the veracity or otherwise and bring any body or group found complicit to Justice.

Consequently, may I at this point appeal to the Residents of the State to   remain calm and go about their normal activities, as there is no cause for alarm.

vi.  The Allegation, for all intents and purposes, is politically motivated and only intended to heat  up the polity and create unnecessary tension in the State.

It is further noted, albeit, regrettably, that, the  allegation is a calculated attempt to undermine and overreach the Security Agencies and the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), hence I call on the good people of the State  and the public at large, to disregard and discountenance same , as lacking in merit .

Finally, I want to use this medium to reiterate our commitment to serve you better, remain professional, focused and provide a level playing field for all the Political Parties and the Electorates to exercise their franchise.

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