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Abiodun urges politicians to play by the rules, vows to deal with thugs ruthlessly

THE governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has urged the Nigeria Police to educate politicians on the importance of abiding by the law in order to ensure the peaceful conduct of the country’s general elections in 2023.

Abiodun also emphasized that politicians needed to refrain from hate speeches capable of escalating the political climate of the state. He made this call at a conference for senior police officers in the state with the theme, “Creating the Enabling Environment for a Free, Fair and Credible 2023 General Elections in Ogun State.” which held at Cinema Hall of the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta.

The governor pledged that his administration would deal mercilessly with any act of thuggery that could undermine state security.

He stated clearly that he had given orders to the state’s police and the Department of State Security (DSS) to keep an eye on the situation.

“As we approach the 2023 general elections, let me enjoin the police authority in the state to continue to engage politicians on the need to play by the rules, politicians must be warned to desist from hate speeches capable of heating up the polity.

“We will deal ruthlessly with any act of thuggery, I have instructed the Commissioner of Police and the State Director of Security to be on top of the situation. Our state will not be known for thuggery, cultism and all these types of vices,” he said.

The governor urged senior officials to develop tactics and techniques to stop all horrible acts in their tracks, but he also stressed that young people needed to be cautioned about the dangers of becoming political thugs.

Regarding the recent fire incident by alleged hoodlums at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Abeokuta South office, Abiodun stated he had given the Commissioner of Police instructions to make sure the perpetrators were apprehended and held accountable.

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