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IGP Egbetokun Engages Kogi Stakeholders Ahead Of Gubernatorial Elections

… Warns against electoral violence, offences
…. Orders Force CID to investigate Anyigba invasion, killings

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, in his continued commitment to ensuring a peaceful and secure electoral process during the 11th November off-cycle gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States, convened a crucial meeting with key stakeholders in Kogi State today, November 8, 2023.

A statement on Wednesday, 8th November 2023 signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that the meeting, which was held in the state capital, brought together various stakeholders including political leaders, representatives of political parties, civil society organizations electoral officials, traditional and religious leaders, youth leaders, and security agencies. The primary goal of this gathering was to engage in constructive dialogue, share information, and strategize on measures to guarantee a free, fair, credible, and peaceful electoral process in the state.

The IGP also encouraged political leaders to play a significant role in maintaining the peace by promoting a culture of non-violence among their supporters and ensuring that the electoral process is conducted without any form of intimidation or coercion.

During the meeting, the IGP reacting to a trending video of an incident in Anyigba where it was alleged that some armed men attacked the residence of one of the key officials in one of the parties, charged the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) to take over the case for thorough investigation to ascertain all parties concerned, their respective levels of involvement and to ensure justice by all means.

The Inspector General of Police reiterated that the Force is committed to impartiality and neutrality throughout the electoral process and will take decisive action against any person who engages in any form of misconduct or violence. He also charged candidates and their followers to embrace peace as the Police and other Security Agents would not spare anyone caught fomenting troubles during the electioneering process.

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