The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation has received the report of the investigation by the police into the crimes committed during the December 10, 2016 national and state assembly rerun poll in Rivers State. Some of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, high-ranking police officers, six of the dismissed police aides to Governor Nyesom Wike and others are to be prosecuted for bribery, murder, money laundering, intimidation and disruption of polls among other charges.
On Wednesday a 104-page report was sent to the AGF and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN). Coming a week after the police sent the AGF a “prior notice” in the form of “preliminary report of investigation”, giving a summary of the case. According to sources, who are familiar with the case but are not permitted to speak on it, the final report sent to the AGF was accompanied by a bulky file, containing some documentary exhibits such as photographs, witness statements, eyewitness testimonies and correspondences.
It was learnt that the report recommended three State Coordinators and 20 other officials of INEC for prosecution. Among others, also recommended for prosecution by the police, are some police officers in the ranks of Commissioner of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police and Chief Superintendent of Police. Police officers also listed for trial are the six cops dismissed in January 2017 for misuse of firearms while on duty as part of security details of Wike. Other suspects indicted by the police are some members of the state and National Assembly accused of bribing INEC officials and sponsoring two violent cult groups in the state.
The sources declined to give the names of the suspects in order not to pre-empt an ongoing review of the case file by the Office of the AGF. One of the sources said in compliance with the directive given by the AGF, relevant officers of the Federal Ministry of Justice had begun the review of the file and “deserving suspects” would be charged before the end of March.
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