Kwara Police Urges Politicians to Avoid Hate speech During Campaign
8 January 2019 News
Kwara State Police Command has called for support and cooperation of all stakeholders in the state to achieve a peaceful and violence free election.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama made the call during an Election Security Meeting with stakeholders in Ilorin.
Mr Makama advised the various political parties to make their campaign issue based and avoid hate speech and incitement.
He said that the Police would not hesitate to investigate and prosecute anybody or group involved in electoral offences inline with the electoral Act.
Mr Makama assured the gathering that necessary arrangements have been put in place base on directive of the Inspector General of Police for deployment of Police personnel and vehicular patrol to ensure the protection of lives and property before, during and after the election.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Attahiru Madami who described Kwara as a state of harmony enjoined politicians not to overheat the polity.
Alhaji Madami said that the card reader machine has been improved upon and is ninety-nine percent ready for use in the general election stressing that the INEC in Kwara State will be fair to all.
Chairman of the occasion and Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulkareem Sulyman in a keynote address urged politicians not to see politics as a struggle for power alone but about service to the people.
Speaking on behalf of other sister security agencies, the Kwara State Director of State Service Mrs Iquo Worrey implored members of the public to assist security agencies with genuine information that will help guard against brake down of law and order throughout the campaign and electioneering period.
There were goodwill messages from the civil society organisations, traditional rulers, national orientation agency, organised labour unions and student bodies