The Nigerian Army has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of betrayal, following its report on the suspended Rivers governorship and State Assembly elections, regretting that the body sacrificed so much to assist the Nigeria police and INEC towards a very successful conduct of election in Rivers state. A statement issued by the spokesman of the 6 division of Nigeria Army colonel Aminu Illiyasu expressed disappointment over the action of the Nigeria Police regarding the issue, asking the latter to “commence full scale investigation of those security aides to Governor Wike that attacked troops at the Obio/Akpor Local Government Headquarters Collation Center and shot at Capt AA Salami with a view to appropriately sanction those found responsible/culpable. Until that is done, Headquarters 6 Division NA will have to review all existing joint activities with the Rivers State Police Command.” The Division is equally disappointed with the attitude exhibited by the Nigerian Police in this regard and hereby request the police leadership to commence full scale investigation of those security aides to governor Wike. The statement by its spokesman, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said the Festus Okoye-led committee report, which accused it of undue interference in the election, lacked sincerity. “It maintained that the INEC failed to look at the circumstances surrounding its intervention during the conduct of the exercise and more so when it made a presentation to the INEC fact-finding committee during its visit to the state. “Regrettably, none of the Division’s input formed any of the findings of INEC as made public. This clearly indicates lack of trust by an institution that the Nigerian Army sacrifices so much to assist in the course of performing their role” the army insisted that INEC failed to mention or even consider that about 10:30 PM on Saturday 9th March 2019 troops of the 6 division NA detailed at the outer perimeter of Obio/Akpor Local government headquarters collation center were brazenly attacked by governor Wike security aids and armed thugs who stormed the collation center with the governor in a convoy of more than 50 vehicles while collation of results was going on. In an ensuing melee captain ADAMS Salami was shot at close range by the security aids of governor wike while corporal Adeosun Adebayo was matcheted by governor wikes thugs. Both victims are currently receiving treatment at university of Port Harcourt teaching hospital UPTH intensive care unit and military Hospital port Harcourt respectively with life threatening injuries. thereafter, the election materials were carted away and electoral officials abducted by the governor’s thugs to an unknown destination. This was made known to INEC fact finding committee but INEC does not see it worth condemning or mention in its report
after consultations and consideration between 6 division and rivers state
police command on Sunday the 10th of march 2019, the rivers state
police command on their own took the initiative to invite the media to the
hospital where 2 victims are receiving treatment and thereafter to host a press
conference on the matter with a view to dissociate itself from the
unprofessional conduct exhibited by their men attached to wike and tell the
public what disciplinary action the command will take or is already taking. However
while the visit to the victims was accomplished and the 2 victims interviewed
by the media the press conference was aborted by the police after journalist
have been assembled.
Coincidentally, a rescheduled press conference on the matter was also aborted on Thursday the 14th of March 2019. Most disheartening is that while the Rivers State Police Command accepts the involvement of their personnel in the attack at Obio/Akpor LG Headquarters, till date those personnel have not at least been reprimanded.
To this end, – in the circumstance, – the 6 Division NA as a stakeholder in the 2019 General Elections takes exception to the lopsided and therefore unfair INEC report and is hereby strongly and totally rejected by the NA.
The Division is equally disappointed with the attitude exhibited by the Nigerian Police in this regard and hereby request the police leadership to commence full scale investigation of those security aides to Governor Wike that attacked troops at the Obio/Akpor LG Headquarters Collation Center and shot at Capt AA Salami with a view to appropriately sanction those found responsible/culpable. Until that is done, Headquarters 6 Division NA will have to review all existing joint activities with the Rivers State Police Command.