Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the State Government will submit the white paper on the report by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that investigated the killings and other acts of violence during the December 10, 2016, rerun/supplementary elections to the Police for necessary action.
The governor emphasized that he is aware that the current Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris would not act on the report, but he said that the police as an institution would eventually perform their constitutional role as Ibrahim Idris would not be Inspector General forever.
He spoke on Monday at the Government House, Port Harcourt after the submission of the report by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that Investigated the Killings and other Violent Acts that occurred during the December 10, 2016, Rerun/Supplementary elections. The report was submitted by Chairman of the Commission, Justice Chinwendu Nwogu.
He said that the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry would be considered by the State Executive Council and a white paper duly prepared.
The governor commended the Judicial Commission of Inquiry for a painstaking and thorough report which included videos, testimonies and relevant accounts of everything that transpired during the elections.
He said: “I hereby direct the Honourable Attorney General of the state to submit the report to the Inspector General of Police.
“I hereby direct the Honourable Attorney General of the state to submit the report to the Inspector General of Police. I am aware that the Inspector General of Police would not act on the report, but we need to take the necessary step. The current IGP will not be IGP forever. Therefore, the Police as an institution, in the long run, will act”.
He said that the members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry diligently worked to ensure that the right was done.
Earlier, while submitting the report, Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, Justice Chinwendu Nwogu said that the commission received 13 memoranda, several exhibits including expended bullets and also went to the respective locations to gather evidence.
He informed that the reports of the commission are contained in four volumes, which captured all aspects of the Commission’s assignment.He noted that the recommendations were made in line with the terms of reference of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry and with due respect to the law and good conscience.