INEC distributes election materials to 16 LGs in Kwara

Mallam Attahiru Madami, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kwara State, received some sensitive materials for Saturday's presidential and National Assembly elections from the Central Bank of Nigeria's Ilorin branch on Thursday.

Madami, who was present at the CBN office, oversaw the removal of the materials from the bank's premises. He stated that the materials would then be distributed to the state's 16 local government areas where the election would take place.

According to the REC, the materials will be accompanied and monitored by police and other security personnel to ensure that they arrive safely at their destinations before the election begins.

He stated that election materials would be distributed throughout the state.

Meanwhile, the state police have read the riot act to officers assigned to election security, stating that it is a task that must be completed in the state.

AIG Asafa Adekunle, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 8, Lokoja, which includes Kogi and Kwara states, has arrived in the state with two commissioners and a deputy commissioner of police from force headquarters to ensure a smooth electoral process.

"The AIG and other senior police officers headed straight to INEC headquarters, where a meeting with stakeholders was held and a peace accord signed by the political actors in a bid to ensure a peaceful conduct of election in Kwara State," said the police in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara Command, SP Ajayi Okasanmi.

"The team proceeded directly from the INEC office to the police headquarters, where the heads of all tactical teams in the command were already seated in preparation for the arrival of the AIG and his team."

Asafa, who read the riot act to the tactical teams while delivering the Inspector General of Police's message to the men, stated that the IGP has zero tolerance for indiscipline by any police officer and is interested in the peaceful, credible, and acceptable conduct of the election.

He advised team leaders to ensure that every police officer assigned to election duty takes his responsibilities seriously, emphasizing that any act of dereliction on the part of any police officer during the elections would result in severe penalties.

He informed the officers of the IGP's efforts to ensure that there is no room for failure.

In separate remarks, the states' Commissioners of Police, CP Paul Odama and CP Arungwa Kwazul, emphasized the importance of officers and men of the command working together to achieve the desired goal.

They urged the state's citizens and residents to be confident in their safety and security before, during, and after the election, while also advising members of the public to avoid any act of lawlessness, as anyone arrested for any criminal activity would face the full wrath of the law.

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