The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Ogbetokun, on Friday promised that policemen will be neutral and professional during the tommorow elections.
He said the police would collaborate with other security agencies to provide maximum security of lives and property, ensuring free and fair election.
He spoke during a press briefing at the command headquarters in Ilorin.
“For the past few months, we have been preparing for election and INEC confirm the election hold tommorow. We’ve been trying to ensure the election will be carried out in a peaceful atmosphere”
Speaking on the recent outbreak of violence in some part of the state, the police boss said, “At the palace of the olojoku, an ugly incidence occurred, the candidate of a particular party was attacked. And yesterday, the vice-president who was a peaceful visit to the state was also attacked.”
“In this two incidence, some arrest were made and we will ensure they face the full wrath of law.”
“We assured all members of the public of adequate security for the election. We are committed to a free, fair election with security of lives and property. We urge citizen to come out and exercise their rights and we will ensure their security. There will be 6am to 6pm movement restrictions tommorow and urge all citizen to obey the restriction order.”
“You’re not expected to come out with arms on election day and anyone caught will be treated as hoodlum.”
Speaking further, the Commander of 203 airforce headquarters, Ilorin, Air Commodore, Patrick Obeya said they have deployed an helicopter to Kwara for surveillance to easily detect areas with problems and report to sister agencies for urgent action.”
While responding to question from journalists on the arrest of senator Rafiu Ibrahim, he confirmed the arrest of the senator in connection with violence in Ojoku.
Also, he dismissed rumours of clampdown on the opposition ahead of the election.