The leader of the police team deployed in Ekiti State for last Saturday’s governorship election, Mogaji Nasarawa, has disclosed that his men and officers are not in a hurry to leave the state.
Speaking at a press conference in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, co-addressed by other five commissioners of police, particularly the one in charge of Ekiti election, Mr Ikechukwu Aduba, Nasarawa said his men would still be on ground for post-election duty.
Commending the indigenes of the state for their peaceful conduct and civility during and after the election, the police chief, however, warned that whoever was planning to foment trouble must have a rethink or face the full wrath of the law.
“However, I wish to advise, in the interest of the general public, that if anyone, group of people or political party has any grievance or objection to the conduct of election, such complaints should be channelled to the appropriate quarters”, he said.
Nasarawa, who promised that the police would repeat the unblemished records in the conduct of Ekiti poll in the August 9 governorship poll in Osun State, said his men would, henceforth, make it impossible for poll riggers to have a field day in Nigerian elections.
“May I recall that in the build-up to the election, we gave assurances to the good people of Ekiti State, the residents, electoral stakeholders, election monitoring groups, local and international observers and, of course, the entire nation that the police will leave no stone unturned in ensuring a very credible, peaceful, crisis-free and widely acceptable election in Ekiti.
“As we are mindful of the familiar disruptions and occurrences that generally mar the conduct of similar elections, our proactive approach made it practically impossible for hoodlums or criminals to break the law or violate the electoral process”, he said.
Speaking in the same vein, Mr Aduba reiterated the intention of the police to curb some reported cases of overzealousness on the side of his men, saying they would be more civil than what was experienced in Ekiti in future elections.