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The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Thursday warned political actors in the coming governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa states to eschew sharp practices, or face the law.

He said the police would not tolerate any act that will breach the process of free and fair election in the exercises.

The IGP also assured the stakeholders of adequate security during the elections.

He spoke while addressing senior police officers in a Conference at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states would again put their professionalism and doggedness to test.

“Let me seize this opportunity to assure all citizens and stakeholders, including the international community of our determination to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in creating conducive and enabling environment that will guarantee the peaceful conduct of the elections.

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“While assuring law abiding citizens and stakeholders of their safety during the elections, let me warn all political actors who may want to adopt undemocratic and illegal means to achieve their aspirations to bury such thoughts now or be prepared to face the consequences, as they will be identified, isolated and made to face the wrath of the law.

“Therefore, parents and guardians are strongly advised to caution their children and wards not to allow themselves to be used to undermine the democratic process in the two states.

“Politics is a game and it should be driven by service-orientation, patriotism, and overriding national security interest rather than unrestrained narrow and desperate individual considerations. All political actors and stakeholders are, accordingly, admonished to play the political game in accordance with the law and democratic norms,” Adamu said.

It was gathered that the conference had strategic police managers drawn from the 12 Zonal Police Commands, the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT.

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