- Police PRO, Frank Mba, says the violence in Kogi state was worse than that of Bayelsa state during the governorship elections
- According to the police spokesman, the force foresaw a great deal of the incidents that took place in the threat analysis it conducted earlier
- Mba added that politicians are to blame for some of the electoral malpractices
- Legit.ng provides a live update of the collation of results from polling units across the two states here
The spate of violence that rocked the governorship elections in both Kogi and Bayelsa state on Saturday, November 16, has been condemned by the Nigeria Police Force.
Speaking about the situation on Channels TV’s special election programme, the police public relations officer, Frank Mba, said the situation in Kogi state was worse than that of Bayelsa state.
According to him, the police had preventive measures as some of the incidences had been identified in the threat analysis. He, however, said despite the measures, many things are still beyond the control of the security agencies.
The police spokesman said: “The situation in Kogi has actually been very challenging, more challenging than the situation in Bayelsa.
“The truth, however, is that we saw a great deal of this in the threat analysis we conducted earlier and we actually took a lot of measured and strategic steps to isolate and neutralise some of these problems.”
Mba said politicians should be held responsible for some of the electoral malpractices and violence. He accused them of playing very desperate games.
On its part, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the glamourisation of violence must be strongly condemned.
Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner, said there is nothing the electoral commission can do when election materials are destroyed.
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He said the responsibility of ensuring the election is successful must be shared with the security agencies and the media among other political stakeholders.
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