Wike said in a statement released by Rivers State commissioner for Information, Austin Tam-George,
"This is a tragic day for professionalism and the respect for human rights in the Nigeria police force.
"The dismissed officers committed no crime, other than foil a carefully orchestrated electoral heist by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in collusion with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Nigeria Police force.
"Two days after the elections, on the 12th of December 2016, thousands of Rivers people, led by Governor Wike, resisted an invasion by the police on the premises of the Port Harcourt City Local Government Council, in a brazen attempt to rig the elections in favour of the APC.“The Port Harcourt City Council was the Election Collation Centre for the Rivers East Senatorial District.
"Throughout the period of the standoff between the invading police officers and the thousands of citizens who resisted them, Governor Wike and the officers around him conducted themselves with utmost restraint.
"The dismissed officers are therefore the latest victims of the medieval dictatorship of the APC government."