The Nigeria Police has recovered more than N111 million from electoral officials alleged to have been bribed by Rivers state government to rig the December 10, 2016 legislative rerun elections in the state.
A panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police which presented its report in Abuja on Tuesday said the money was recovered from 23 suspects allegedly bribed to rig the polls.
The chairman of the panel, DCP Damian Okoro disclosed that, ”the sum total of N111.3 million was recovered from 23 electoral officials out of N360m.
He said that some got N15 million each while three senior electoral officers got N20 million each.
Some reports claim that the money was given to the electoral officials by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike.
On social media, people have argued for and against the governor but the Police is yet to state in clear terms who handed the officials this money.
Here’s the chatter on social media:
So they want us to believe Wike gave INEC officials this money. Don't really know what this APC government think Nigerians are.
— Toks Aneke (@tokwila) February 8, 2017
They v finished this COUNTRY?? ???
Bribery to rig election
Painful part,they'll FREE d INEC officials??
— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) February 7, 2017
INEC needs to register ITYS
I Told You So Political Party…
— Omo GbajaBiamila (@OccupyNaija) February 6, 2017
The Police successfully recovers N111m from some INEC officials, given to them by Governor Wike. As expected, the news isn't trending.
— Mr. El-Bonga (@el_bonga) February 7, 2017
Police recover N111m bribe cash from 23 INEC officials – Who did the money come from and where is it going to? #GoodMorningNigeriaShow
— Law (@FemmyDanny) February 8, 2017