As part of preparations for a free and fair governorship election in Osun State, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, on Wednesday, 6th August, 2014 addressed all stakeholders in the forth coming August 9, 2014 gubernatorial poll in Osun State.
In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer ACP Frank Mba, the IGP assured the good people of Osun State of adequate security that will guarantee level playing ground for all parties involved, adding that the Police and other security and law enforcement agencies will combine forces to ensure that law-abiding citizens of Osun State feel free and safe to cast their votes without any form of intimidation or harassment.
While warning against actions that may amount to electoral offences, the IGP advised political thugs and other mischief makers to steer clear of Osun state as the security forces deployed to the state would ensure strict compliance with the Electoral Act and other relevant statutes.
The IGP also warned politicians and Notable Personalities not to move about on the day of the election with uniformed or armed orderlies, just as the use of siren would not be allowed.
Present at the meeting, held in the State Capital Osogbo, were the INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, representatives of the Army, DSS, FRSC and NSCDC. Others were politicians, civil society groups, traditional rulers and representatives of political parties.
Meanwhile, the Police have commenced extensive security operations in the state, including the deployment of plain cloth detectives and surveillance helicopters for aerial patrols, while the anti-bomb squad and other specialized and tactical units are on the groun