Governorship Tribunal: IG Arase Allegedly Orders Arrest Of Police Witnesses For Testifying To Peaceful Polls In Rivers


The Rivers State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on Friday heard the testimony of two senior police officers, an Assistant Commissioner of Police and former Area Command of Bori Zonal Police Command in Rivers State, Mr. Akuki Kenneth, and a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Uche Mike Chukwuma.

The police officers told the tribunal that contrary to the claims by soldiers that the election was marred by violence, it was peaceful.

In his testimony, ACP Kenneth said he supervised the election in nine Local Government Areas‎ and that the governorship poll held on April 11 was peaceful, adding that there was no disruption of voting in the state.

According to him, there was peaceful distribution of election materials while voting held successfully.

However, shortly after they gave evidence, a mild drama played out within the court premises as plain clothes policemen, claiming to be acting on the orders of the Inspector General of Police, arrested the two officers who testified before the tribunal.