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Sensitive INEC material,
arms and ammunition were recovered from five suspects who were involved in electoral violence. According to a press
release signed Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, Read Full statement below:

“It is a statement of fact that the recently concluded Rivers State
parliamentary election held on 10th December 2016 from security
perspectives was a huge success. Arguably, the conduct of the election
in terms of police performance was acknowledged major stakeholders as
distinctively professional and a well-organized election when compared
with previous elections in the state which major hallmarks were
violence, disruption of electoral process, wanton destruction of lives
and property.

2. The pre-election predictions of plausible and imminent violence
was forestalled the massive deployment of security personnel and
logistics, creative engagement of stakeholders, robust interagency
collaboration and effective discharge of election duties, coupled with
transparency and accountability displayed the security agents.
3. The attempt some major political gladiators in the state to
foist violence and trigger an atmosphere of insecurity failed woefully.
These political gladiators and major stakeholders clandestinely
promoted violence and exhibited abuse of power and office.
4. In the course of the re-run election, some suspects who
attempted to scuttle the electoral process were arrested and sensitive
INEC materials were recovered from them, arms and ammunition inclusive.
Those arrested are as follows:
a. Noble Nwaerema ‘m’
b. Dike Deinpiribo ‘m’
c. Valentine Alalibo ‘m’
d. Onwunari J. Warmate ‘m’
e. Iloke Stephen ‘m’
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include:
a. A green INEC branded bag
b. Eight (8) booklets of ballot papers meant for Emohua LGA
c. One (1) booklet of INEC Accreditation Incident Report Forms
d. One (1) booklet of statement of results
e. One (1) blood stained APC agent ID card
Arms and ammunition recovered from the suspects include:
a. One (1) AK47 rifle
b. One (1) assault rifle
c. Six (6) magazines
d. 112 rounds of live ammunition 

a. Noble Nwaerema ‘m’ 33 years on the 10th of December,
2016 was arrested SARS operatives along RumusiElele. He claimed he
was hired the youth president of Itu-Ikwere community together with
eight (8) others imported from aneighbouring state. They invaded Emouha
Local Government and carted away electoral materials meant for polling
units within the area. He was arrested with some of the exhibits while
others are at large. Intelligence report confirmed the electoral
materials were taken to a government facility and escorted armed
b. Dike Deinpiribo, Valentine Aldibo, Onwuarari J.
Warmate and Iloke Stephen belong to a group of cultist and professional
political thugs. They claimed their services were engaged one Hon.
BomaGoodHead who procured two AK47 rifles and commissioned his driver,
one Iryo to convey the weapons in his black Toyota Prado jeep and
handed same to the suspects at Degema.
5. The suspects were responsible for several armed attacks that
took place during the elections in places like Abonnema, Emuoha, Elele,
Eteche and Omoku, where a police officer was gruesomely killed. The
rifles and 112 rounds of ammunition were recovered from them. Other
members of the killer gang fled and detectives are on their trail.
6. At this juncture, it is instructive to maintain that some
security personnel were arrested for professional misconduct, actions,
inactions, omission and commission that were detrimental to the
electoral process of the 10th December, 2016 Rivers State parliamentary
re-run elections. Some of them directly or indirectly connived with
some politicians to scuttle the process. A high powered investigative
panel is currently looking into this unacceptable professional
 The IGP is irrevocably committed to ensuring that democratic ethos
especially the master plan of credible election security becomes the
acceptable norm in the country. The police will decisively deal with
anybody irrespective of status or political affiliation who
individually or collectively subverts the electoral process in Nigeria
in accordance with the law.”


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