Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Onuoha Bethrand, has warned against campaign violence ahead of the State’s upcoming governorship election slated for November 11, 2023, News About Nigeria understands.
The Commissioner announced that a comprehensive investigation by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) has been initiated to probe incidents of political violence, accusations, and counter-accusations involving various political parties and actors in the state, adding that the goal of the investigation is to hold all perpetrators accountable for their actions.
In his message, Bethrand condemned politicians who have consistently resorted to violence as a means to an end, fueling tensions and disrupting the peace within the state through their reckless statements and unregulated activities.
He issued a warning to all political parties and their supporters, emphasizing the need to abide by stated rules and refrain from actions that could further escalate tensions in the state.
He also stressed that individuals found disturbing the existing peace in Kogi State, would face severe legal consequences.
“I hereby sternly warn all the Political Parties in the state and their supporters to play by the Rules and stop heating up the state or face severe sanctions.
“You should all desist from all forms of violence as anyone caught disrupting the prevailing peaceful environment in the state will be made to face the full wrath of the Law,” he added.
With the upcoming Governorship election on November 11, Bethrand urged all politicians, their political parties and supporters to prioritize peace and conduct themselves peacefully. He maintained the importance of preserving the serenity and unity of Kogi State.
Bethrand sent his condolences to the victims of the recent Koton Karfe political violence, which resulted in injuries to several individuals.