The Inspector General of Police, IG, Abubakar Adamu has warned against any form of violence and criminal activities before, during, and after gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
Adamu sent the warning yesterday during his meeting with the senior police officers at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
IG also promised the police readiness to assist the electoral bodies to ensure violence free election in the two states.
He said the upcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States will again put our professionalism and doggedness to test. Let me sieze this opportunity to assure all citizens and stakeholders, including the international community of our determination to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in creating conducive and enabling environment that will guarantee the peaceful conduct of the elections.
While assuring law abiding citizens and stakeholders of their safety during the elections, let me warn all political actors, who may want to adopt undemocratic and illegal means to achieve their aspirations to bury such thoughts now or be prepared to face the consequences, as they will be identified, isolated and made to face the wrath of the law.
Therefore, parents and guardians are strongly advised to caution their children and wards not to allow themselves to be used to undermine the democratic process in the two states. Politics is a game and it should be driven by service orientation, patriotism and overriding national security interest rather than unrestrained narrow and desperate individual consideration. All political actors and stakeholders are accordingly, admonished to play the political game in accordance with the law and democratic norms.