Lokoja- The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr Paul Okafor, has urged politicians to shun electoral malpractice and violence during the 2015 general elections.
Okafor made the call at a workshop organised by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in conjunction with the state Police Command to sensitise members of the public on the 2015 elections.
He said the command would adequately respond to any form of breach of the law that might arise from campaigns and other political activities leading to the elections.
He also said that the command would deplore all necessary personnel and materials to ensure that the elections were conducted peacefully.
“The police have already strategised on security management for the elections to forestall election violence, provide adequate security for electoral officers, election materials and the electorate in order to ensure a successful conduct of all the elections.”
The Chairman of NBA, Lokoja branch, Mr Joseph Akubo, said the workshop was aimed at sensitising stakeholders, politicians, security agencies and members of the public to “pattern their behaviour toward violence-free elections”.
Akubo advised policemen to perform their lawful duty objectively during the election.
He also advised politicians not to see the elections as a “do-or-die affair” but as means to enthrone good governance through quality representation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at the occasion, papers were delivered on Electoral Laws and Enforcement on Polling Days; Managing Election Results and Public Reactions and Public Order; and Control of Processions Ahead of the 2015 Elections. (NAN)