Despite the wide spread accusations and videos alleging violence and intimidation at the just concluded Osun State governorship election, the Nigeria Police Force has said there was no report of violence.
Force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said “It is imperative to state that there was no election observer, journalist or electorate arrested, detained or prevented from carrying out their statutory civic responsibilities/duties during the period of the election.
“There were also no official complaints of violence or injury to persons reported by any individual(s)/group at any Police Station/Division in all the seven units, where the re-run election was held on September 27, 2018, however, any member of the public with any complain now should do so at the nearest police station for immediate investigation.
“Members of the public are hereby implored to disregard and discountenance claims in some certain sections of the media that the security agencies intimidated Journalists, Election Observers and voters during the re-run election as untrue, unfounded and entirely hear-say.
He further noted, “the inspector general of police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, expressed utmost satisfaction with the implementation of the robust security arrangement for the Osun State gubernatorial election and commends the deputy inspector general of police, Department of Operations, the entire police personnel, officers and men of other security and safety agencies under the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) deployed for election security during the just concluded Osun State gubernatorial election on Saturday, September 22, 2018, and the re-run election of Thursday, September 27, 2018.”
The IGP further commends the high-level professionalism, politeness, firmness and unbiased conduct of the police personnel, before, during and after the election.