The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has directed an investigation into the recent invasion and killings in the Ayingba local government area of Kogi State ahead of the governorship election.
This directive was issued during a stakeholders’ meeting in the run-up to the state’s governorship election on November 11, where political leaders, representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, electoral authorities, traditional and religious leaders, youth leaders, and security agencies were in attendance.
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The meeting aimed to foster constructive dialogue, exchange information, and deliberate on measures to ensure the state’s free, fair, credible, and peaceful electoral process. During the gathering, the IGP responded to a viral video depicting an incident in Anyigba where armed men allegedly attacked the residence of a key official in a political party.
Ongoing Security Concerns in Kogi State Ahead of Governorship Election
In response, the IGP charged the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) to assume responsibility for the case and conduct a thorough investigation to determine all parties involved and their respective levels of participation and ensure justice is served.
The recent Ayingba invasion and killings have heightened security concerns in Kogi State as the governorship election approaches. The incidents underscore the need for robust security measures to safeguard the electoral process and protect the lives and property of citizens. The Nigeria Police Force remains committed to addressing these security threats and ensuring a peaceful and transparent electoral exercise.
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