By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), said it has no doubt in the ability of Osun state and her people to maintain peace before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.
The leadership of the Police Force stated this through the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG in-charge of the Department of Training and Development, Yakubu Jubril during a courtesy visit to Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola.
Jubril who described Osun as one of the peaceful states in Nigeria stressed that he remained confident and proud of experiencing the relative peace experienced by the people of the state.
The Police boss who said he was posted to Southwest to monitor the level of preparedness to the general elections, said he has met with the ranks and files of police and other relevant stakeholders in the state to ensure a hitch-free electoral process.
“I am here purposely to monitor and assess the level of preparation for the election not only in Osun but in the six southwest states because my assignment is to ensure a free, fair, credible and acceptable electoral process in this region.
“Inspector General of Police has ordered us to go to each of the zones to ensure that the people are not intimidated but allowed to exercise their franchise in the next general elections.
“I have been to other states in this zone and I have met with officers and men of their commands to ensure that the entire election process is peaceful, credible and acceptable by all.
“So, being in Osun is just to fulfil the obligations because this is a state that is known for peace. I know Osun as one of the peaceful states with zero tolerance for crime.
“I have served here in various capacities and Osun is like a second home for me. On our part, we will do all possible to provide adequate security before, during and after the polls as we are confident that the entire process will be of utmost acceptance of the people”, he said.
He then commended the state government for living up to its statutory responsibilities particularly in the maintenance of peace, law and order in the state.
In his remarks, governor Oyetola commended the NPF leadership in the country for being professional in the discharge of their duty as security agents.
He said Osun has been favoured with diligent, committed and responsible officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, thus making Osun to record a feat of being the most peaceful state in Nigeria.
Oyetola called on police in the country to prioritise professionalism, diligence, discipline and morality in the course of discharging their responsibility.
He reaffirmed his administration’s determination to ensure a free, fair and credible election in the state, saying Osun will reflect her status by being peaceful before, during and after the election.
“We are already known for peace and I am sure that this election will be free, fair, credible and acceptable.
“My appeal to your command is to educate your officers and men on the need to be more professional in the way they operate. Police must ensure that every citizen is treated equally.
“Police shouldn’t be partisan or take sides, we are not saying they should support us, but they should do their job without fear or favour. No citizen deserves to be intimidated or harassed, everyone must be allowed to exercise his or her franchise.
“Our people should be given equal chance to elect whoever they want to govern them and the election should not be seen as do-or-die affairs.
“On our part as a government, we will do everything possible to promote peace, maintain law and order and as well create even opportunity for all particularly in the distribution of resources”, Oyetola added.
Jubril was accompanied by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG in-charge of Zone eleven, Adeleye Oyebade; the new Osun Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Ige among other top officers.