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AIG Organises Workshop On How To Ensure Peaceful Elections

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AIG Ogunshakin and some of the traditional rulers from Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Cross Rivers states at the workshop

AIG Ogunshakin and some of the traditional rulers from Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Cross Rivers states at the workshop

WHO was in Port Harcourt The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), in charge of Zone 6, Calabar, Mr. Ayotunde Ogunshakin has reiterated the need for political actors and their supporters to eschew violence and ensure a peaceful 2015 elections.  

The senior police officer that supervises four police commands of Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Cross Rivers State command hosted a one-day workshop attended by political parties chairmen, candidates, police officers and traditional rulers in the four states. Tagged: “Towards A Secure, Credible And Peaceful 2015 General Elections” the workshop participants unanimously assented to the police boss call for peace during the polls.

Ogunshakin also directed the four Commissioners of Police under his command to constitute special squads each on electoral offences and transfer all electoral offenders to his office in Calabar during and after the elections.  The AIG noted that there is no gainsaying the fact that the process of polls, which culminates in the election of individuals who would be saddled with the responsibility of representing the nation at various levels of government, comes at a very high stake.  

He said as a body constitutionally charged with the responsibility of maintaining and ensuring public security and order, it is incumbent on the police to promote a discourse aimed at not only ensuring that the 2015 general elections are conducted in a secure, credible and peaceful manner, but allay the fear and apprehension currently being expressed that Nigeria would be plunged into anarchy, chaos and violence after the polls.  

“The 2015 General Elections, namely: The Presidential, National and State Assemblies as well as Governorship elections are just a few days away. As a body constitutionally charged with the responsibility of maintaining and ensuring public security and order, it is therefore incumbent on the Nigeria Police Force to promote a discourse aimed at not only ensuring that the 2015 general elections are conducted in a secure, credible and peaceful manner, but also allay the fear and apprehension currently being expressed that Nigeria would be plunged into anarchy, chaos and violence after the elections.

Suffice it to say, therefore, that the realization of this objective necessitated the holding of this workshop. “You will all agree with me that the task of ensuring violence-free, secure and peaceful environment before, during and after the 2015 General elections is not exclusively for the police. Rather, it requires collaborative efforts of the political class, the electorates, youth leaders, traditional rulers, the non-governmental organisations, security agencies, and indeed, all well-meaning Nigerians.

“Nigerians (especially the youths) need to be properly enlightened and encouraged about the need to eschew electoral violence. They have to be educated through diverse means on the need to be law abiding and to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice in a civilized, orderly and peaceful manner.

Furthermore, political office seekers at various levels must be encouraged to ventilate whatever grievances that may arise from the conduct of elections in a competent court of law.” He said. The police boss insists that the political class must also desist from incisive, provocative and inflammatory statements capable of acting as a recipe for electoral violence.



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