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PORT HARCOURT: The  Rivers State Police Command has attacked Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State over claim that the police had perfected plans to kidnap the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state, Obo Effanga.


Wike had in a statement by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simon Nwakudu, raised the alarm over the alleged planned kidnap of Effanga, to allow for the postponement of the gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections scheduled for March 9, 2019.

However, in a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt, the state Commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Belel flayed the comment, describing it as unfounded, vowing that the comment would be investigated.

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“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.

“The Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, ICCES, headed by the Commissioner of Police,  met several times 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.”

He regretted that the allegation was coming at a time when the security agency ought to be encouraged, promising that the command would remain firm in its quest and efforts for peaceful and violent free polls.


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