The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, has ordered a thorough investigation into an alleged attack on the campaign rally of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Koton-Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area.
In a statement released by the state command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP William Ovye Aya on Sunday, it was mentioned that the police received a report about the attack on the SDP campaign in Koton-Karfe, where some people were reportedly injured.
The Commissioner of Police has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, to conduct a comprehensive investigation into all acts of political violence, accusations, and counter-accusations involving all political parties and individuals. The aim is to hold all offenders accountable for their actions.
The statement from the Police Command emphasized their commitment to protecting the lives and property of all citizens in the state. It also highlighted that the recent instances of violence were a result of political actors failing to attend meetings where security issues and the proper conduct of political activities, as outlined in the Electoral Act, were discussed.
While other political parties have been cooperating with the police by attending meetings to discuss petitions and allegations, the SDP candidate has consistently refused to cooperate or provide explanations when invited for investigation. This lack of cooperation has made it difficult for the police to provide adequate security coverage during the SDP candidate’s political rallies.
The statement warned all political parties and their supporters in Kogi State to adhere to the rules and avoid inciting violence. Anyone found disrupting the peaceful environment in the state will face legal consequences.
It is important for everyone in Kogi State to refrain from engaging in any form of violence and to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.