By Umar Audu
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali-Baba, has commended the electorates in Ekiti State for cooperating with the Nigeria Police Force, and other security agencies in the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state.
The IGP, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, also lauded the efforts of the police officers deployed for the polls under the direct supervision of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of election security, DIG Johnson Kokumo.
Mr Adejobi noted that the police officers deployed to the state conducted themselves professionally and in humane manner.
According to him, the conduct built trust with the electorates, and ultimately led to a successful electoral process.
The statement further praised the police for disclosing timely situation reports which he said helped effectively in covering all the communications gaps with the people and eliminated all iota of doubts regarding massive security presence in the state.
Police Service Commission, which played a supervisory role during the polls, also confirmed that the election was largely peaceful and orderly, describing it as an improvement and a good test-run for the 2023 elections.
The IGP, however, appealed to Nigerians to toe the line of peace ahead of the general elections.
“The Inspector-General of Police while admonishing Nigerians to tow the line of peaceful conduct in forthcoming elections, has assured all citizens of improved management of security during electioneering processes even as he called on well-meaning Nigerians, particularly electorates and political actors, to accord necessary support to the Police and other security agencies in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections, including the staggered Osun State gubernatorial election which comes up in July, 2022,” the statement read.