The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has urged politicians and electorates in Kogi State to allow the police and sister security agencies deployed to the state for Saturday’s governorship election to do their jobs without being subjected to blackmail.
The IG said this while speaking on Tuesday in Lokoja at the stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Independent Electoral Commission.
Egbetokun, represented by the state Police Commissioner, Bertrand Onuoha also urged politicians to play the game according to the rules already laid down by the Constitution, to avoid heating the polity before, during and after the election.
He lamented the way the police and other Security agencies were being blackmailed in the course of doing their constitutional duty of ensuring free and fair election processes.
He, however, said that no amount of blackmail will stop the police from performing constitutional duties of ensuring that the election is conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and warned would-be troublemakers to rethink or relocate especially during the election from the state as it will be too unpleasant for them.