‘We Wont Submit to Police Probe’ – Wike Says
Following the leak of an audio tape believed to capture the voice of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, threatening to kill electoral officials and instructing them to rig the recently concluded re-run election in the state, the police are set to investigate the allegation.
The Punch reports that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has set up a team to demand the names of callers dialled from the governor’s phone number before and after the election.
“Obtaining the CDR shouldn’t pose any difficulty to the investigators because the telecom firms have it on their exchange.
‘‘Forensic analysis of the audio tapes would be matched with the call logs, which will also assist in identifying the voice prints of the suspects,” an unnamed police source said.
According to the police source, the leaked audio will be compared with the governor’s voice print to find out if he indeed made the threatening phone call. The voice print is a set of measurable characteristics of a human voice that uniquely identifies an individual.
The IG had, on Saturday, announced the setting up of a team of detectives to conduct forensic analysis on the audio of a telephone call, purportedly made by Wike in respect of the concluded rerun elections.
The team was also asked to investigate the comment of the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmud, in which he said 70 infractions were committed during the December 10, 2016, rerun polls in Rivers State.
The investigative team led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, has 30 days to complete the investigation and submit its report, which the Force spokesman, Donald Awunah, said would be made public.
Governor Wike on Sunday said his administration and people of the state would not take part in the police probe.
Wike, who was speaking at a victory thanksgiving mass of the Peoples Democratic Party at Our Lady Chaplaincy of Catholic Institute of West Africa in Port Harcourt, said the probe into the rerun elections had a predetermined goal to indict the PDP and commence a politically-motivated prosecution of some members.
“The police cannot deliberately murder Rivers people in cold blood and turn around to investigate.
“We are not a party to their so-called panel. We have passed that stage and we cannot fall into the trap of a panel of inquiry. After killing our people, you want us to assist you to unravel what? It is the police that killed our people,” he added.
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