2023 Elections: Lagos Residents' Safety Guaranteed - DIG Kokumo

2023 Elections: Lagos Residents' Safety Guaranteed - DIG Kokumo 

... Deploys 27,000 Police Officers 

Kathy Kyari 

The safety of Lagos State inhabitants, especially non-Yorubas, has been guaranteed by the police before, during, and after the state's Saturday presidential and national assembly elections.

Abiodun Alabi, Acting AIG in charge of Zone 2, Johnson Kokumo, DIG in charge of the South West, and Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Idowu Owohunwa, gave the assurance on Thursday while briefing reporters on their election preparedness. 

According to DIG Kokumo, 27,000 police officers have been stationed throughout the state to protect people and property.

The DIG remarked that the police had taken the necessary steps after highlighting specific areas of the state where there is likely to be a breakdown in law and order.

In response to a viral video showing some state citizens being intimidated for their voting preferences, the police chief reassured that there is no cause for alarm.

By making sure that the election was free, fair, and credible in every area of the state, DIG Kokumo asked the police officers to uphold the Election Act's regulations.

”We are supposed to be apolitical. We should not unleash terror on the members of the public. Don’t use your arms on harmless members of the public". The police boss said. 

He added that “We are to be civil and respect the rights of citizens. We are to collaborate with sister security agencies, but we are to take lead according to the Electoral Act,”

The police chief claimed that Usman Alkali Baba, the inspector general of police, had ordered the police to coordinate with other security organizations to guarantee the mobilization of officers on land, air, and waterways.

Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Idowu Owohunwa assured the DIG that they will not disappoint in the discharge of their duties during the election. 

”I assure DIG Kokumo that we will not fail in Lagos as a command with God’s guardians and commitments of the men I have. We will not fail the nation.”

“The Lagos police boss added that ” We assured people in Lagos State that we will not fail in our elections’ duties. We shall make the nation proud". 

The Zone 2, Acting Assistant Inspector General of Police, Abiodun Alabi issued a warning to criminals to avoid the elections on Saturday.

He also gave an order to the area's police officers, advising them to follow the rules for conduct during the election.

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