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Ekiti Poll: Police Commend Officers, Political Parties’ Conduct



Ekiti State Police Command has saluted political parties that participated in the just concluded governorship in the state, for displaying the spirit of sportsmanship during and after the poll.

The police also cautioned members of the state chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) against heating up the polity to prevent the post-election peace being enjoyed by the populace from being truncated.

In a statement in Ado Ekiti on Friday, the command’s commissioner of police, Mr Ahmed Bello, said the maturity displayed by the parties after their supporters had helped in dousing the tension is commendable.

The transport union had been embroiled in leadership crisis after the governorship election was held last Saturday.

Bello said the police won’t tolerate any act that could trigger violence and lead to loss of lives and property.

A statement by the command’s public relations officer, Mr Caleb Ikechukwu on Friday, said the just concluded governorship election in Ekiti confirmed the level of professionalism and commitment of the Nigerian Police Force to the growth of democracy in the country.

He commended the sister security agencies for joining forces with the police to make the state secured for the staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) observers and the electorate.

“I extol the professionalism, civility, politeness, firmness and unbiased conducts of the police personnel and other security agencies.

“We appreciate the law abiding attitude and peaceful conduct of the good people of Ekiti State, the traditional rulers, religious leaders, local and foreign election observers/civil society organisations, for a good working relationship with the security personnel deployed for the election.”

The commissioner promised that the police will continue to adhere strictly to guiding principles of elections and act of policing in a manner that aligns with international best practices.