The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Dibal Yakadi, has assured all stakeholders in the forthcoming Edo State governorship election that officers and men of the police will work with them to ensure a credible election come September 19.
Yakadi gave the assurance during a stakeholders’ meeting held at Imaguro High School, Benin, on Wednesday.
According to him, the meeting was convened to work out modalities on how best the police working with sister security agencies can work towards creating a peaceful atmosphere for the election.
He said, “The role of the Independent Electoral Commission is to be fair to all political parties during the election. Parties and their supporters must eschew violence, while the religious and community leaders must sensitise their congregation and subjects on good conduct during the election.”
The police boss charged members of the National Youth Service Corps engaged as INEC ad hoc staff to avoid the temptation of colluding with political party representatives to perpetrate electoral fraud.
He also enjoined security agencies to be professional by ensuring neutrality throughout the period just as he appealed to political parties to educate their supporters on the need to conduct themselves appropriately. Party representatives who also spoke during the event appealed to security agencies to be fair to all.