Political campaigns

Police warn against illegal political campaigning

In accordance with the regulations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) regarding pre-election activities in view of the upcoming general elections in 2023, the police warned the public against political misconduct.

This is contained in a statement signed in Ibadan by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Olawale Osifeso.

The declaration states that political actors should not engage in political rallies before the official start of the designated and approved period for political campaigning by the INEC in the interest of public order and safety.

He notes that although politicians are guided by Article 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), which allows people to freely assemble and associate with like-minded people the same interests and values, the Command is also required to ensure that the provisions of Article 45 are maintained, where the rights of other citizens must be protected in the interests of public order and morality.

“However, in view of the various ongoing constructions, traffic considerations around the metropolis and the possible emergence of security threats to others, the Oyo State Police Command has drawn up plans comprehensive to ensure the safety of the static assembly of people, groups and interests at all times, provided that the necessary authorization for this has been requested and approved”.

“The Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mr. Adebowale Williams, has directed Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and all Tactical Commanders to personally lead confidence building patrols throughout the State, including but not limited to critical infrastructure, media houses, religious centers, recreation centers and other public spaces with a view to maintaining public order in this regard”.

It adds that political groups, support coalitions, parents, guardians and leaders wielding varying degrees of influence are enjoined to advise their supporters, supporters, children, wards and proteges not to be used to scuttle the statute. of relative tranquility in the state.

“Good people in the state are advised to go about their lawful business without fear of assault and harassment, as the command continues to monitor activities within the state”

“In the event of an emergency, the command can always be reached through these emergency control room numbers: 615 (toll-free) (OYO STATE SECURITY TRUST FUND) and the State Police Command emergency lines from Oyo 07055495413 and 08081768614. The NPF Rescue Me app is also available for free download on Android and Apple IOS for Android and I phone users respectively ».

Rasheedah Makinde

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