In a determined bid to safeguard the sanctity of democracy and promote peaceful elections, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, brings Kogi State’s key stakeholders together as they gear up for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections on November 11, 2023.
A Unified Front for Democracy
On November 8, 2023, the vibrant city of Lokoja, the state capital, played host to a diverse gathering of stakeholders. This inclusive assembly featured political leaders, representatives from various political parties, civil society organizations, electoral officials, traditional and religious leaders, youth representatives, and security agencies, all united in their commitment to uphold the democratic process.
Dialogue for Peace and Fairness: Ensuring a Credible Election
The pivotal purpose of this meeting was to foster constructive dialogue, share critical insights, and strategize on measures that will guarantee a free, fair, credible, and peaceful electoral process in Kogi State.
Dr. Egbetokun, the IGP, emphasized the need for a collective effort to maintain peace and stressed the essential role of political leaders in cultivating a culture of non-violence among their supporters. The ultimate aim is to ensure that the electoral process unfolds without intimidation or coercion.
Investigating the Anyigba Incident
The IGP didn’t shy away from addressing a concerning incident that had captured the nation’s attention. In Anyigba, reports alleged that a group of armed men had attacked the residence of a prominent political figure.
In response, the IGP promptly ordered the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) to take over the case for a thorough and unbiased investigation. The primary objective is to identify all parties involved and the extent of their involvement, with a firm commitment to ensuring justice prevails.
A Pledge of Impartiality and Neutrality
The Inspector General of Police left no room for ambiguity in asserting that the Nigerian Police Force remains steadfast in its commitment to impartiality and neutrality throughout the entire electoral process. He made it clear that decisive actions would be taken against any individual found engaging in misconduct or inciting violence during the electioneering process.
This unequivocal warning applies to candidates and their supporters, emphasizing the need for all stakeholders to adopt a peaceful approach, as law enforcement and security agencies stand ready to apprehend anyone who disrupts the electoral process.
As the gubernatorial elections in Kogi State draw near, the commitment to a peaceful and credible process remains the top priority for law enforcement and all stakeholders involved. The vigilance and dedication of the Nigerian police force to uphold the rule of law and ensure fair elections are central to these efforts.