By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Deputy Inspector General of Police In Charge of Information Technology, DIG Nwobodo Godwin has warned that police and sister security agencies will not hesitate to deal with those who may want cause crisis before, during and after presidential election on 16 February 2019.
He cautioned those who likely to used as thugs and hoodlums to disrupt elections would have field as security agents would deal with them decisively.
Nwobodo gave this warning Nigerians while speaking at Stakeholders meeting with traditional rulers, party candidates as well as electorate and others in the electoral process, explained that the purpose of the meeting is to ensure that there is peaceful and violence free electrons in the country.
The DIG stated that he was deployed to be in charge of Presidential election on Saturday in the North Central zone apologized for late arrival, adding that he attended similar stakeholders meeting in Minna, Niger State.
“The Inspector General of Police has directed me to coordinate the activities of the sister security agencies in North Central zone during the Presidential election on Saturday, February 2019.
“The Task before us is have credible 2019 general elections. The incumbent President is contesting along with other Nigerians. Kogi State is very important in the history of Nigeria as Nigerian are being governed by Nigerians since independence,” the DIG stressed.
Nwobodo tasked the traditional rulers in Kogi State as custodian of cultures and traditions to talk to the people of their domain to maintain peace before, during and after elections.
He also urged the politicians and gladiators to play the game by it rule, saying that that electoral process was a collective responsibility
He however assured Nigerian that no vigilance group will be allowed to patrol on election duty, saying that the police, Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps and Nigeria Army have role to play in ensuring peaceful conduct of the general elections .
He therefore warned that anyone caught fomenting troubles before, during and after would be made to face wrath of law no matter highly placed, calling on the parents and guardians to warn their wards to allow them to be used as thugs during the election.
Earlier in his remarks, the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, CP Kazeem Busari has assured the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Nwobodo that Police and other security agencies in the State will provide adequate security for lives and property before, during and after elections in Kogi State.
Busari explained that as part of the determination of Kogi State Command to ensure free, fair and violence free election in Kogi State , has reviewed the operational capacity to provide adequate security.
He further explained that the command has adopted measures to tackle cases of political thuggery, destruction of Political Parties billboards, campaign posters, hate speeches and other lawful conducts likely to disrupt the electoral processes.