Rivers: Police begin forensic analysis of Wike’s controversial audio clips

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has set up a team of detectives to conduct forensic analysis on the audio clips of a phone call purportedly made by Governor Nyesom Wike in respect of the concluded rerun elections in River State.

An online medium, Sahara Reporters, had posted audios of phone calls allegedly made by Wike in which he allegedly instructed some electoral officials to rig the election.

In another audio, a voice was heard threatening to kill some electoral officials if they failed to carry out the directives for which they were bribed.

The team of detectives was also mandated to conduct a thorough investigation into a statement credited to the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmud, in which he said that 70 incidents almost marred the December 10, 2016 rerun in the state.

The IG said the team would unmask those who were directly or indirectly responsible for such incidents and bring them to justice.

The police spokesman, Donald Awunah, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, called on the Rivers State Government and INEC to avail the investigative team with facts at their disposal and grant them the desired cooperation and assistance to achieve a comprehensive and conclusive investigation.

Awunah said, “The investigative team is also mandated to conduct forensic analysis on the audio report released by Sahara Reporters purportedly to be the voice of the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike pertaining to the concluded elections.

“The investigative team is headed by a deputy commissioner of police who has vast experience in investigation. The team has 30 days to complete the investigation and submit a report. The findings will be made public.”

Also, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the commission had set an internal mechanism in motion to identify the voice of the alleged INEC employee in the audio tape.

Oyekanmi said, “We are pursuing all legitimate means to carry out our internal probes. I have listened to the tape. The commission is aware of the whole conversation allegedly between Governor Wike and an employee of INEC but no name was mentioned throughout. We are carrying out our own internal checks but we need concrete evidence to help our investigation.”

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