The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has arrested six policemen for professional misconduct during the parliamentary re-run elections in Rivers on December 10.
The suspects are: Ex-Insp. Eyong Victor, Ex-Sgt. Peter Ekpo, Ex-Sgt. Ogun I. Goodluck, Ex-Sgt. Orji Nwoke, Sgt. Okpe Ezekiel and Ex-Sgt. Tanko Akor.
The Force spokesman, DCP Don Awunah, disclosed this while presenting the suspects to newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
“In the course of discreet investigations into the above misconduct, the following personnel were found to have in total disrespect to orders and directives, compromised, engaged in unprofessional acts,” he said.
He said that the suspects who were subjected to internal disciplinary measures were found guilty and dismissed from the force.
Awunah added that the suspects would be prosecuted under the Electoral Act to serve as a deterrent to other police personnel.
He explained that the suspects took laws into their hands and opened fire, causing panic in the crowd.
“They joined in storming the Port Harcourt City Council secretariat and prevented the movement of election results in Emouha polling unit to the appropriate collation centre,” he said.
The force spokesman said that the suspects in convoy of the Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, on the Election Day misused firearms contrary to Force Order 237.
He said the suspects violated the warnings and instructions from the police high command that officers on duty should desist from escorting their principals (public officers and politicians) on election days.
Awunah said that the Inspector-General of Police had instituted comprehensive measures to ensure compliance with strict rules of professional behaviour for officers and men.