IDRIS AHMED, LOKOJA
Kogi state Police Command has assured a peaceful and safe conduct of the state Assembly election slated for Saturday.
Addressing Stakeholders on Thursday at the State Police Command headquarters in Lokoja, the Commissioner of Police deployed to Kogi to oversee security matters for the election period, CP Yekini Anyoku, commended security agencies for their gallantry in ensuring peace and tranquility throughout the period.
He said though the Presidential and National Assembly elections were conducted peacefully in the state, the security agencies are not resting on their oars, as they are as usual combat ready to deal ruthlessly with trouble makers who may try to test their resolve.
CP Anyoku told the Stakeholders that the meeting was convened to review the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections in preparation for the conduct of the State Assembly election.
While commending the people of the state for their peaceful disposition during the just concluded election, the Police Chief urged them to maintain their conduct during and after the Saturday House of Assembly election.
The Police Commissioner warned those contemplating violence to desist as the security agencies are more prepared for them.
CP Anyoku therefore charged the Stakeholders to sensitize their people on the need to obey law and order.
In his remarks the Chairman Okehi Local Government Council revealed that the threat posed by the military personnel during the February 25 election will be vehemently resisted if repeated
He alleged that military men invaded polling units and intimidated voters in his Local Government Area as against the electoral act.
He advised that all security agents coming to polling units be disarmed to avoid undue influence or intimidation of the electorate.
The Stakeholders meeting with the police included the traditional rulers,Civil society organisations, youth and women groups, resolved to ensure co ordination, sensitization, cooperation to ensure the peaceful and successful conduct of the Saturday election.