- The police personnel deployed for the Osun governorship election have been commended by the IG of Police Ibrahim Idris
- The police boss said the personnel displayed high level professionalism, politeness, firmness and unbiased conducts
- Idris also stated that there were no official complaints of violence from residents in the state
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has commended the police personnel deployed for the just concluded Osun governorship election, saying they displayed high level professionalism, politeness, firmness and unbiased conducts.
Idris made the commendation in a statement sent to journalists by the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, on Friday, September 28.
The police boss also stated that there were no official complaints of violence from residents reported at any police station or division in the state. He also dismissed media reports that some policemen harassed journalists, election observers and voters during the re-run election.
Part of the statement read: “The IGP further commends the entire security personnel deployed for the election for their personal sacrifice, collective patriotism and commitment in ensuring that the election was conducted in an atmosphere of peace devoid of any breach of public peace and security throughout the period of the election.
“The impressive performance of the police personnel to ensure law and order and a successful election is a clear testimony of the capability of the Nigeria Police Force in its renewed commitment to continue to adhere to international best practices in the conduct of elections in the country now and in the future.
“It is imperative to state that, there was no any election observer, journalist or electorate arrested, detained or prevented from carrying out their statutory civic responsibilities/duties during the period of the election.
“There were also no official complaints of violence or injury to persons reported by any individual(s)/group at any police station/division in all the 7 units where the re-run election were held."
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Meanwhile, one of Nigeria’s most respected election monitoring groups in the country, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), has said the Thursday, September 27, re-run election in Osun state was neither free, fair nor credible.
The group in a statement shortly after the poll also called for government institutions who participated in alleged fraud during the election to be investigated.
The CDD insisted that the poll fell short of the global best practices in democratic elections which Nigerians desire.
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