2023 Elections: Police Warns Politicians Against Violent Electioneering Campaigns

By Harris Emanuel

Uyo– Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone Six Headquarters, Calabar, Okunlola kamaldeem has warned politicians to conduct their electioneering campaigns in peaceful manners as the force would not condone thuggery and other criminal activities.

The police boss who spoke in Uyo while on a familiarization tour of the command, vowed to fight crime to stand still within his jurisdiction.

He restated the commitment of the police to protect life and property of the citizens to enable them carry out their activities without fear or let.

“Eradication of crime is an ongoing process, as you are aware, there will be safety of property and life in Nigeria.

“We are working towards that to ensure that every where is calm and citizens are able to sleep with their two eyes closed,” Kamaldeem stated.

Kamaldeem commended the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner, Olatoye Durosinmi for Police  for his efforts in eradicating crime in the state, pledging that the tempo would be sustained.

AIG warned politicians in the zone in particular and country general to shun violent activities, saying”Let them play the game according to the rule and go about their campaign peacefully and lawfully. We will however, deal with politicians that wants to engage in violence, crime or any form of thuggery.’’

He, however, gave the assurance that the police would continue to perform it duty as specified by the constitution. “We will do our best to ensure that the 2023 forthcoming general election is peaceful,” Assistant Inspection General of Police said.

Addressing men and officers of the Command, he charged them to be disciplined, respectful and  shun corruption, as the Inspector General, Usman Baba has zero tolerance for corruption.

He also advised them not to be “bias in carrying out their lawful duties, “but should relate well with members of the public, pledging that those who perform creditably well would be rewarded.

The AIG equally interacted with security stakeholders and urged them to partner with the police, and embrace the citizen driven community policing policy of the IGP to checked Insecurity in the society, bridge the gap between the police and the people.

On the forthcoming elections, he assured the electorate of Police’s readiness to provide adequate security to ensure free, fair and successful polls.

He advised Journalists to be fair in their reportage to avoid hitting up the polity or pitching the citizens against the police.

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