SAM EGWU in this report takes a look at the mood in Kogi State and the measures put in place by relevant authorities to forestall any break down of law and order, as the Supreme Court gives its ruling on the 2015 governorship election in the state, today.
Following the litigations surrounding the 2015 governorship election in Kogi State, the Supreme Court will today decide on in and thereby put to rest all the issues surrounding it.
Hon James Abiodun Faleke, running mate to the late All Progressives Congress, APC governorship hopeful, Prince Abubakar Audu, and the immediate past governor of kogi state, Captain Idris Ichala Wada are challenging the election of the the incumbent governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
As political stakeholders and other residents of the state are eagerly awaiting the pronouncement of the Apex court, there is palpable anxiety in the state, necessitating the state government and the police to take certain actions to maintain order after the judgement.
Already, many residents have gone into hiding because of fear and anxiety. The security situation has baffled the people which has made the people to cry out for safety.
Kogi State police command has urged political gladiators, leaders, supporters, as well as parents, to caution their wards to desist from any act that may undermine the peace of the state before, during and after today’s ruling.
The command at a press briefing in Lokoja last week said intelligence report revealed that the two major political parties, APC and PDP, are consulting with their supporters either to express their happiness or do otherwise.
It was against this backdrop the state Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Chafe, stressed the need to address the people of of the state to maintain peace before, during and after the judgement.
Lauding the people as law abiding citizens, Chafe wants them to go about their lawful duties, as all security bridges are being put in place to safeguard the lives and properties of the good citizens of the state.
Urging political parties to advise their supporters to work within the ambit of the law and desist from disturbing public peace, the Commissioner explained that the command is out to deal with any individual constituting nuisance in the state as security agencies are putting measures in place to counter any unforeseen circumstances.
Similarly, in the interest of peace, the police officer called on all and sundry to go about their lawful businesses maintaining that the police will not entertain any act of lawlessness as anyone caught will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
Political leaders, parents and guidance were not spared as he urged them to warn their supporters and children from anything that will cause problems in the state.
The police, according to him will not tolerate any form of indiscipline, or any action that will cause confusion in the state, noting that the police is ready along with other security agencies in the state to see that before, during and after the judgement peace reigns in Kogi State.
The police boss however, appreciated the people of the state for their support in crime fighting stating that it has really led to the reduction of crimes and criminalities in the state.
Chafe posited that the police are not partisan but a security agent, urging party supporters to conduct themselves in such a manner that will ensure peace and harmony in the society.
It will be recalled that Hon James Abiodun Faleke and the immediate past governor of the state, Captain Idris Wada, went to court to challenge the victory of Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the incumbent governor who was sworn in on January 27th as the 4th democratically elected governor of Kogi state.
To achieve a peaceful atmosphere devoid of rancour, the Kogi State police command’s warning was timely banning any form of public celebrations by individuals or groups during and after the Supreme Court judgment on the state governorship election petition appeals.
The State Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe who gave the warning while addressing newsmen on Friday in Lokoja said that judgment has been slated for delivery on Tuesday (today).
The warning according to Chafe became imperative noting that intelligence reports reaching the command revealed that some miscreants were planning mayhem after the Supreme Court judgment, should the judgment go contrary to their expectations.
The commissioner warned that whoever, irrespective of social standing, took the law into his or her hands would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
According to him, the command is fully ready to deal with whoever disobeyed the law by engaging in public celebrations as individuals or groups after the court judgement.
Chafe also urged various political parties to caution their members and supporters on the need to guard against indulging in anything inimical to the pace, growth and development of the state.
“Kogi State is greater than anybody. Police will not waist anytime in dealing with law breakers within the Constitutional requirement”, he said.