The Nigeria Police have confirmed that a deputy superintendent of police was killed during the rerun elections in Rivers State.
The police also confirmed that some other police officers who partook in the security arrangement for the election are still missing.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, therefore said a high-powered investigation team has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Mohammed Alkali and other missing officers during the re-run elections in Rivers State.
A statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Force spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Don Awunah, said Mr. Idris’ master plan on election security would continue to be improved upon for future elections
“This master plan will usher in credible, fair, free and acceptable elections in accordance with the principles of democratic policing and international best practices,” Mr. Awunah said.
He said some disgruntled elements in the state attempted to foist violence and insecurity on the populace that were generally peace loving.
“Comparatively, the re-run election was a huge success in contrast to past elections in the state that were usually characterised by violence and wanton destruction of lives and property,” he said.
The police chief expressed satisfaction with the performance of the police officers deployed to Rivers for the elections.
“The IGP condoles with the family for this great loss and identify with the grief of his colleagues,” he said.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported how Mr. Alkali was killed on election duty. He and his team were sabotaged at an ambush at Omoku, Onelga Local Government Area, a report by CLEEN foundation showed.
Mr. Awunah said the report by CLEEN Foundation, an NGO, that the elections were “marred by irregularities, violence, and open bias by security operatives and electoral personnel lacked substance.”
“It is a disservice to the evolving Nigerian democracy and sacrifice of the security personnel for the CLEEN Foundation report to assert that.
“It is also saddening for the CLEEN Foundation report to attribute the death of a police officer, DSP Mohammed in the course of duty to what the report termed “unwarranted use of force and shooting.
“It is a brazen display of insensitivity to the fallen officer and disrespect to the family.
“Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are our veritable partners; the extent to which they justify funding should not undermine national interest,” he said.
Contrary to the police’ claim, PREMIUM TIMES and other election monitors witnessed large scale connivance of the police and other security officials in the various malpractice that characterised the Rivers rerun election.
On Monday, Mr. Awunah said that the police chief wished to reassure Nigerians that enthronement of credible electoral process remained one of the police’s uppermost priorities.
“In addition, the I-G commends the good people of Rivers for the cooperation availed the police and other security agencies in the course of the re-run elections,” the spokesman added.