- Some indigenes of Kogi state have urged the inspector general of Police and officers deployed for the Kogi election to remain apolitical and professional in their conduct
- The indigenes said the conduct of key stakeholders of the state should be monitored before, during and after the election process
- According to the Concerned Citizens of Kogi state, the IGP must ensure that officers of the Police who would be deployed for election purposes remain patriotic and committed to carrying out the duties professionally
The Concerned Citizens of Kogi state have called on the inspector general of Police and officer of the force to remain apolitical in the forthcoming Kogi state gubernatorial election.
The group said it is important that the activities of the key actors in the state are monitored to avoid moves that could jeopardise the rights of the electorates.
A statement signed by Williams Adebola, for the CCKS, the group describing Nigeria Police as the lead security agency in the conduct of elections said the institution of state saddled with the task of ensuring peaceful and violence-free elections.
Adebola said urged the IGP to ensure that officers of the Police who would be deployed for election purposes remain patriotic and committed to carrying out the duties professionally.
He said: "Sadly, as hopeful as we are ahead of the Kogi poll, credible information available to us indicates that the Nigerian Police has perfected plans to do the bidding of Governor Yahaya Bello and the All Progressives Congress in the election. Undoubtedly, this development should naturally give us cause for concern."
Alleging that a retired assistant commissioner of Police, Suleiman Abutu, who is the head of Security Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Dekina local government Area of Kogi was arrested by APC thugs accompanied by officers shortly after the party's candidate Musa Wada’s successful outing in the area.
The group said there is a grand plot to undermine the forthcoming election in the state in favour of the ruling All progressives Congress (APC).
"IGP Adamu should have a rethink. We expect him to toe the path of honour and resist the temptation of compromising the forthcoming election in Kogi state. Kogites are sick and tired of the Bello administration and have resolved to end it in two weeks time," Adebola said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Abutu was arrested alongside six other top officials of the PDP campaign organisation in Kogi state.
It was gathered that suspects were picked by the Police over the possession of firearms and ammunition which were considered illegal.
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