SAN FRANCISCO, March 13, (THEWILL) – Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says he will submit the white paper on the Report by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that investigated the killings and other acts of violence that took place in the state during the December 10, 2016 rerun elections to the Police for necessary action.
Stating that he is aware that the current Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris would not act on the report, the Governor expressed faith that the police as an institution would eventually perform its constitutional role as the incumbent IGP would not be in office forever.
He stated this on Monday at Government House, Port Harcourt after receiving a report by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry from the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Chinwendu Nwogu.
Wike said the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry would be considered by the State Executive Council with a white paper duly prepared afterwards.
He 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.
“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,” said the Governor.
He also pointed out that the members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry diligently worked to ensure that the right thing was done.
In his remarks, Nwogu explained that the commission received 13 memoranda, several exhibits, including expended bullets and also went to the locations to gather evidence.
He disclosed that the report of the commission are contained in four volumes , which captured all aspects of the Commission’s assignment.
Nwogu 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.