By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
Ahead of the November 11, 2023 governorship election in Kogi State, the Nigeria Police Force has charged political actors in the state to show positive attitudinal change that would guarantee peaceful, free and fair conduct of the polls.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone 8 in charge of Kogi and Kwara Police Commands, Babatunde Ishola, gave the charge in Lokoja during a stakeholders’ meeting on peace and security towards the governorship election.
AIG Ishola, who stated that the Nigeria Police Force would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that the governorship election is free of violence, assured that men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force would be deployed to every polling unit to avert possible snatching of boxes and also provide protection for the eligible voters.
He, however, advised politicians to sensitise their members and supporters, noting that whoever is caught perpetrating electoral violence would be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“There should be no violence of any form either before, during and after elections, no destruction of billboard, posters of political parties, no snatching of ballot boxes during elections,” he warned.
The Commissioner of Police Kogi State Command, CP Akeem Yusuf described the theme of the meeting: “Strengthening community engagement towards a violet free November 2023 governorship election,” as strategic and timely.