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Rivers re-run elections: DCP Okoro heads 15 Man Panel to Investigate Wike, Others.

Rivers re-run elections: DCP Okoro heads 15 Man Panel to Investigate Wike, Others.

Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police, Damien Okoro to lead a 15 man panel, set up to investigate the alleged audio recording of governor Nyesome Wike and other  violence recorded during the December 10 election.

Other members of the panel include intelligence, investigative and forensic experts from the police and the Department of the Security Service.

In his address, the IGP charged the panel to among others, conduct a thorough investigation into the role of security agents before, during and after the election; examine the role of any police officer or security agents, whose actions or activities individually or collectively affected the conduct of the election.

Other terms of reference include conducting a forensic analysis on the audio report by Sahara Reporters against governor Wike as it concerns the election; examine any other matter that is relevant to the conduct of the elections and makes recommendations and implementation strategies to guide future elections.

The panel, which began operations on December, 17, 2016, has 30 days to work and submit their finding‎.

Inaugurating the panel, the IGP charged the team to consult all relevant stakeholders, including the Rivers state government, citizens, the CSOs and even the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in carrying out this function.

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