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Bayelsa Poll: We are set for perpetrators of violence says IGP

Bayelsa Poll: We are set for perpetrators of violence
Bayelsa Poll: We are set for perpetrators of violence(Image Credit: Megalcon Magazine)

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Kayode, Egbetokun, in respect of Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa State, has vowed to ensure free and peaceful polls in the state, stating that perpetrators of violence will have the security forces to contend with.

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The IGP, who stated this on Monday during a courtesy visit to Governor Douye Diri at the Government House in Yenagoa, also read the riot act to perpetrators of electoral violence to steer clear of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

He stated that the force and other security agencies were fully ready and duty bound to ensure free and fair polls in the state and that troublemakers would be made to face the full weight of the law.

He explained that his visit was in respect of the election and assured that the police was neutral.

While calling on Bayelsans to have confidence in the police, he emphasised that the increased deployment of its personnel in the state was in order to forestall any violence during the poll.

“Your Excellency, you are aware that the election is just four days away. I want to assure you that the police, with the assistance of other security agencies, will provide adequate security for the election on November 11.

“In Bayelsa State, and in the other two states where the election will be taking place, I want to say with confidence that the police and other security agencies have taken a position to be neutral in this election.

“However, those with criminal intention to disrupt the election in Bayelsa will meet our men on ground. They will have the whole of us to contend with. “ he stated.

Governor Diri in response said the pledge of the IGP to provide adequate security for the election was an added advantage to the peace and security the state already enjoyed.

On the call by the police boss on Governor Diri to appeal to his party’s supporters to be non-violent, the Bayelsa helmsman stated that PDP members and supporters were the most peaceful in the buildup to the election.

He said his government and Bayelsans were ready to support the police to achieve zero violence during the poll.

Governor Diri also noted that if a sitting president could lose and accept the outcome of his election without shedding blood, then no one should toy with the lives of Bayelsans because of the election.

He also urged people of the state not to be deterred by the large deployment of security personnel or for it to result in voter apathy but rather, it should boost their confidence to cast their votes and be assured that their ballot would count and be protected.

Techrectory with Agency Report.

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