In a bid to ensure a peaceful electoral process and security for the upcoming off-cycle gubernatorial elections in Kogi State and other regions, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, hosted a significant meeting on November 8, 2023. This gathering brought together a spectrum of stakeholders, aiming to strategize and maintain a conducive environment for the forthcoming elections scheduled for November 11.
IGP Egbetokun’s meeting held in Kogi State capital was a pivotal platform uniting political figures, representatives of various parties, civil society organizations, electoral officials, traditional and religious leaders, youth representatives, and security agencies. The focus was to foster dialogue, exchange crucial information, and devise strategies to ensure an election process characterized by fairness, credibility, and tranquility.
Amidst discussions, the IGP emphasized the critical role of political leaders in preserving peace, urging them to actively discourage violence among their supporters and ensure an electoral environment devoid of intimidation or coercion.
Addressing recent concerns regarding an incident in Anyigba, where armed individuals reportedly attacked the residence of a prominent party official, the IGP instructed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) to spearhead a thorough investigation. The objective is to ascertain all involved parties, and their degrees of participation, and to ensure justice prevails.
Highlighting the commitment to impartiality and neutrality throughout the electoral process, the IGP sternly warned of decisive actions against any individual engaging in misconduct or violence. He further cautioned candidates and their supporters, asserting that law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to take action against those instigating trouble during the electioneering period.