ABEOKUTA – The Ogun state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has appealed to politicians and their supporters in the state from formenting violence in the 2019 general elections.
Iliyasu said the state police command would not allow anybody to truncate the peaceful electoral process, urging political parties and supporters to eschew bitterness and imbibe spirit of sportsmanship.
The Ogun Police boss equally stressed that, the force has enough capacity to protect lives and property of the citizens, adding that Ogun state is a no go area for criminals.
Illiyasu said this on Monday at the police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta during the presentation of a brand new Prado jeep donated by members of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Ogijo Division, Sagamu, Ogun State.
The commissioner commended the PCRC members for the robust partnership with the police, stressing that the team has douse so many crisis in the state.
His words, “We will not allow all forms of hooliganism, we will not allow anybody to breach the peace of this state. We will work hand in hand with everybody to ensure a smooth electoral process and I am appealing to everyone to warn their supporters that they should eschew rancour and bitterness.”
“We have to thank the presidential directives on community policing as directed by the Inspector-General of Police on robust engagement with communities.
“We have to work with communities in line with the best international practices, that is community engagement, zero tolerance to corruption as well as policing with integrity.
“On community engagement, we have so far achieved in Ogun state, we have engaged all unions, professional bodies, traditional and the students unions.”
He said, “We have new innovation and that is called strategic engagement.”
“PCRC has come to stay in Ogun. We enjoyed the robust relationship between the PCRC and police in Ogun state. We are going to remain committed, we are going to remain resolute, with the people and the communities.”
Iliyasu therefore assured the electorate that, the police shall be apolitical and non partisan towards a successful electioneering exercise.
He said, “as far as 2019 election is concerned, we shall remain apolitical and non partisan. I am calling on all stakeholders to emulate police to ensure a smooth transition of electoral process.”
He explain that the major task is to support and collaborate with communities and police to ensure proper policing.