Nasarawa police warn political parties against election violence

As the 2023 general elections draw closer, the Nasarawa State Police Command has warned political parties and their supporters to avoid any form of election violence during their campaigns.

State Police Commissioner Adesina Soyemi issued the warning during a meeting with state presidents, political party secretaries and the resident electoral commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, in Lafia on Sunday.

He explained that the meeting was in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba, to ensure the smooth running of the 2023 general elections.

Soyemi said, “I would like to sternly warn that all political parties and actors should frame their campaigns within existing legal frameworks and avoid actions or speeches that could inflame the political order.

“I also want to warn people whose perception of democracy is the application of violence, to rethink as the police are committed to dealing firmly with such figures within the limits of the law.

“All political parties must seek permission to hold rallies 72 hours before such rallies are held. The safety and security of all participants will be taken into consideration before granting approval.

“Under no circumstances will two political parties be allowed to run their campaigns simultaneously in the same neighborhood, which is likely to provoke violence and disturb public order.”

The commissioner assured that the police would ensure the safety of all persons and property involved in the entire electoral process without bias.

“I want to emphatically assure you that ahead of the electoral process and the 2023 general election, all police officers and men serving in command have been instructed to be neutral, alert and demonstrate a high degree of professionalism. and fairness in their relations with political parties. “, he added.

In his remarks, Nasarawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner Uthman Ajidagba assured the commission’s commitment to hold credible elections in 2023.

Ajidagba, who was represented by INEC’s Administrative Secretary of State, Usman Wase, added that the commission would provide a level playing field for all political parties and called for their maximum cooperation to ensure a smooth electoral process. in the state.

In their separate remarks, Labor Party State Chairman Alexander Emmanuel; Secretary of State for the All Progressives Congress, Hassan Abubakar, Secretary of State for the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Bako, among others, praised the police for this initiative and promised to obey the laws governing the 2023 elections.

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