The Nigerian Police have dismissed six of their men who they said violated instructions during December 10, 2016 rerun of legislative elections in Rivers State.
The Police have also disclosed that the disengaged policemen will be prosecuted for electoral offences.
The policemen, all aides of Governor Nyesom Wike, were said to have breached rules handed over by the High Command.
The rules state that they must be of good conduct and desist from escorting their principals, notably public office holders and politicians to polling units throughout the period of the election.
In a statement, Police Public Relations Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Don Nwunah said the blatant breach of the rules by the disengaged officers was “unacceptable by all standards in the Force.”
“These acts, if not checked can be inimical to discipline and proper administration of the Force. Their actions are capable of bringing the entire Nigeria Police Force to disrepute and portray the Force in a very bad light as a lawless organization not guided by the rule of law”, Nwunah said.
The affected officers are Inspr. Eyong Victor, Sgt Peter Ekpo, Sgt Oguni Goodluck, Sgt. Orji Nwoke, Sgt. Okpe Ezekiel and Sgt. Tanko Akor.
Detailing their offences, Nwunah said: The “Police personnel while in the convoy of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State Barr. Nyesom Wike on the date of election, 10th December, 2016 misused the firearms in their possession contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237.
“The Service personnel became overzealous, took laws into their hands and opened fire, causing panic in the crowd.
“The six Police officers, after the conclusion of investigation into this public mischief, were subjected to internal disciplinary measures, found guilty and consequently dismissed from the Force. They will be prosecuted under the Electoral Act to serve as a deterrent to others”, he added.