Nov 11 guber elections: Police will deal with criminals – IGP warns


Police will not tolerate electoral violence in Bayelsa State during the off-cycle governorship election scheduled for Saturday.

Inspector-General of Police Kayode Egbetokun issued the warning in Yenagoa on Monday during a courtesy visit to Governor Douye Diri.

Egbetokun said that the police and other security agencies are fully prepared and duty-bound to ensure free and fair polls.

He stressed that troublemakers would have the law to contend with.

The IGP also assured that the police and other security agencies would be neutral before, during and after the exercise and enjoined Bayelsa people to have confidence in them.


According to him, the increased deployment of police personnel in the state was to forestall any form of violence during the polls.

“You are aware that the election is just four days away. I assure you that the police, with the assistance of other security agencies, will provide adequate security on November 11.

“In Bayelsa and in Kogi and Imo, elections will take place. I want to say with confidence that the police and other security agencies have taken a position to be neutral.

“However, those with criminal intention to disrupt the election in Bayelsa will meet our men on ground. They will have the whole of us to contend with,” Egbetokun told the governor.


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