Luckily for the nation, the events that transpired at the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Center were captured by Channels Television.
By Simeon Nwakaudu
It is obvious that Mr Ibrahim Idris, the embattled Inspector General of Police is in the eye of the storm. This is a Police Chief who has lost the moral justification to remain in office, hence he is struggling everyday to convince his paymasters that he is a pliant officer.
It is most embarrassing that the Inspector General of Police would reduce himself into a weapon of destruction of the electoral process. It is even worse that the Nigerian Police has metamorphosed into a lying machine under his leadership .
To begin with , the entire statement by the Police High Command read by Mr Don Awunah was a contraption of lies, hastily put together by a Police Hierarchy that has become a department of the APC. A liability to law and order.
The first error in that statement was the premise upon which these hard working officers were dismissed. Don Awunah, shivering while reading the crooked statement, claimed that the dismissed officers accompanied Governor Wike to a polling unit on December 10, 2016.
That is a lie from the pit of hell. The event that the dismissed officers were allegedly involved in took place on December 12, 2016. This was two days after voting had been concluded.
Contrary to the lie peddled by the Police High Command, Governor Wike was never at any polling unit with the said police details. He respected the electoral process.
On 12th December, 2016, the Police High Command and the APC leadership sent Rivers State SARS Commander, Mr Akin Fakorede to invade the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Center at the Port Harcourt Local Government Secretariat.
Democracy was lucky. Channels Television cameramen were there on ground with other journalists at the Collation Centre when Akin Fakorede and other SARS Personnel invaded that premises.
Akin Fakorede and his evil policemen beat up the electoral officials at the collation centre. This was captured by the Channels Television cameras. Whilst this commotion was on, Akin Fakorede also abducted the PDP Agent for Rivers East Senatorial District .
News of this illegal invasion of the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Center by Akin Fakorede and other SARS Personnel spread around Port Harcourt. Governor Wike and other Rivers people moved to the Collation Center to defend democracy.
Indeed, at this time, voting had been completed at the polling units, collation concluded at ward and local government levels. At the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Center, the result for Emohua Local Government Area was about to be entered when Fakorede and other SARS Personnel attempted to disrupt the process.
After this disgraceful outing, the Spokesman for the Police, DCP Don Awunah denied that the men captured in the video were not policemen. He blabbed incoherently on Channels Television.
Few days later, Don Awunah and the Police High Command changed their story. Awunah offered cock and bull explanations for the disgraceful acts of Fakorede and the SARS personnel at the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Center. At this time, the SARS personnel had been fully identified in the video.
That Don Awunah does not know the difference between Polling Unit and Collation Center is a sad commentary for the Police High Command headed by Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
When Don Awunah read that ill-conceived statement dismissing the six gallant officers, he exposed the integrity deficiency of the Police High Command as errand boys for the APC leadership.
Why would the Police High Command destroy the very fabric of policing by becoming glaringly partisan? Why would the Police High Command weep in the marketplace because Fakorede and his SARS gang were prevented from helping APC to rig?
Where is the SARS Commander and the Personnel who illegally invaded the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Center on the order of the Inspector-General of Police?Unconfirmed reports have it that Akin Fakorede and his evil policemen have been promoted by the Inspector General of Police. So these real criminals were promoted, while the innocent officers are being persecuted.
All across Rivers State, the people stood in defence of democracy. Ibrahim Idris and his invading 28,000 policemen, horses and gunboats failed to do the bidding of their bosses.
What Ibrahim Idris has done on behalf of APC is to expose the integrity deficiency of the Police High Command. These men have little regard for rule of law. To imagine that the police high command would turn their backs on hard working policemen just to convince their paymasters that they were desperate to deliver, tells the ear-splitting story of low morale in the Nigerian Police.
For me, AP/No.177893 Inspr. Eyong Victor, F/No. 400872 Sgt Peter Ekpo, F/No.374585 Sgt Oguni Goodluck,F/No. 385870 Sgt. Orji Nwoke, F/No. 234216 Sgt. Okpe Ezekiel and F/No. 437983 Sgt. Tanko Akon are better policemen than the Inspector General of Police would ever be. An Inspector General of Police who only aids his appointing authority to manipulate the electoral process and sacrifices his personnel to remain in office deserves our pity.
I pity Ibrahim Idris because he lost out on the 6th January, 2016. Men like him are responsible for the lack of respect that Nigerians have for the Police. If Idris can treat his own personnel with so much injustice, falsehood and disrespect, you can only imagine the fate of other Nigerians. Look at the way he handcuffed them to the press conference.
I pity Ibrahim Idris because he personally ended his tenure as a police chief in the minds of the majority by his descent into the partisan arena.
I thought that the embattled Inpector General of Police set up a panel. Why the haste to circumvent his own panel by rushing to dismiss officers who did no wrong?
All Nigerians of goodwill must stand with AP/No.177893 Inspr. Eyong Victor, F/No. 400872 Sgt Peter Ekpo, F/No.374585 Sgt Oguni Goodluck,F/No. 385870 Sgt. Orji Nwoke, F/No. 234216 Sgt. Okpe Ezekiel and F/No. 437983 Sgt. Tanko Akon. These are the few policemen who have refused to be used by a corrupt police high command. We must not allow the the APC infested Police High Command have their way. We are in a democracy.
We know that until the media and the civil society wake up, the duty to defend democracy rests with the people. This much Rivers people have discovered. That is why they collectively defeated Ibrahim Idris and his invading policemen backed by the military. No Nigerian should sit idly and watch political robbers rape our hard earned democracy to death. We are under obligation to resist.
Join me to pity Ibrahim Idris. He has failed, woefully.