Many have questioned the rationale behind the heavy security presence in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states for the gubernatorial polls.

Their question comes from the fact that there were election-related violence and irregularities on election day in the states.

Off-Circle Elections: IGP Hails Police, Security Operatives For Smooth Election
IGP Kayode Egbetokun

Despite these flaws, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, believes they have done well.

However, he has assured Nigerians of prompt investigation into the infractions that occurred during the off-cycle polls.


Egbetokun made this known while thanking all the police officers who participated in making the off-cycle elections possible.

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Also, the IGP thanked other security agencies for joining forces with the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to ensure security during the elections.

According to him, their assistance provided adequate support to the NPF in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states.

He added that the commitment and due diligence displayed by the security operatives in policing the electoral process was highly commendable.

The police chief described the just-concluded elections as seamless, defying all projected challenges from various quarters.


He acknowledged the efforts of the security personnel in maintaining law and order, safeguarding the electoral process, and ensuring the safety of citizens.

However, the IGP noted that there were pockets of unwelcoming incidences that were recorded during the elections.


He requested that the concerned department of the police force should commence immediate investigations into these incidences.

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The IGP urged all officers to carry out their duties with sincerity and professionalism as required at all times.

He emphasised the importance of adhering to the guidelines, rules of law, and standard operating procedures of their respective agencies for a more secure democratic institution in Nigeria.


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