The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, NPM, has taken proactive steps to ensure a peaceful and secure electoral process in Kogi State in preparation for the forthcoming off-cycle gubernatorial elections on November 11, 2023.
The IGP’s commitment to a peaceful electoral environment was evident as he convened a significant meeting with key stakeholders in Kogi State, bringing together various segments of society, including political leaders, representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, electoral officials, traditional and religious leaders, youth leaders, and security agencies.
The primary objective of this gathering was to foster constructive dialogue, share vital information, and collectively strategize on measures to ensure a free, fair, credible, and peaceful electoral process in the state.
During the meeting, the IGP called upon political leaders to play a pivotal role in preserving the peace by advocating for a culture of non-violence among their supporters. He emphasized the importance of conducting the electoral process without any form of intimidation or coercion.
In response to a video circulating on social media that alleged an armed attack on the residence of a key party official in Anyigba, the IGP ordered the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) to take over the case for a comprehensive investigation. The investigation aims to ascertain all parties involved, their respective levels of involvement, and ensure justice prevails.
The IGP stressed the Force’s commitment to impartiality and neutrality throughout the electoral process and issued a stern warning to candidates and their followers against any form of misconduct or violence during the electioneering process. Decisive action will be taken against any individual found fomenting trouble.
The engagement with stakeholders and the commitment to a peaceful election underscore the importance of ensuring that the electoral process in Kogi State proceeds without disruptions, violence, or malpractice.