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Police Ban Political Campaigns in Gombe, Kwara Prayer Places | The Guardian Nigeria News

Decorates 317 new inspectors
Police Commands in Gombe and Kwara States have warned politicians and their supporters against turning places of worship into political gatherings, reminding them that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has not lifted the ban on campaigns.

While decorating 317 newly promoted inspectors at the Gombe Officers’ Mess yesterday, Commissioner of Police (CP) Babatunde Babaita, described the promotion from Sergeant to the next rank as confirmation that “Inspector General of Police (IGP) is monitoring you and is satisfied with your professional conduct and dispensation.”

Revealing that the command had taken delivery of new kits for the base, the PC said the new kits and the promotion would boost the morale of officers and men in the command. He urged his men to continue to flatter the IGP with their attitude towards work.

CP medic Kehinde Ajayi who benefited from the promotion praised IGP and CP for grooming and mentoring command men and officers to an appreciable height, promising to warrant more trust than police Nigerian Party (NPF) granted him and his colleagues.

The police boss urged politicians to strictly adhere to the INEC timetable on the timing of activities for the 2023 elections.

KWARA police spokesman Okasanmi Ajayi told Ilorin that shouting party slogans would also not be allowed in the prayer arenas as part of the measures for a peaceful festival.

According to the command, vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles should be in designated parking lots in the prayer arenas.

Okasanmi said observing prayers at roadsides and along roads to prayer sites would also not be allowed, as vehicle traffic restrictions to prayer sites would be strictly enforced from 8:00 a.m.

The police spokesman assured Muslim worshipers and the public that officers and command men were highly motivated to ensure that the celebration, which marks the successful end of Ramadan fasting in Kwara State, takes place without encumbers.

“To this end, the command has put in place a watertight security strategy across the length and breadth of Kwara.

“Accordingly, the eight area commands, officers and men attached to all divisional police headquarters, the heads of tactical units, the command’s special forces, including the force’s animal department, troop mounted, the canine section and the Explosive Ordnance Department (EOD) have all been briefed and reminded of their job responsibilities to ensure a smooth celebration,” he added.