Posted by Ishola Michael, Gombe | 8 April 2018 | 1,241 times
As political activities heighten preparatory to 2019 politicking, Gombe State Police Command has raised alarm over a possible breach of the peace in the state thereby calling the attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other security agencies over the current political trend.
State Police Commissioner, Mr Shina Tairu Olukolu, who raised the alarm at a stakeholders meeting in Gombe Friday, declared that the current trend if left unchecked is capable of breaching peaceful electioneering campaigns ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The meeting which was aimed at creating awareness on the need for a peaceful electioneering campaign ahead of the 2019 general election was held at the Command headquarters in Gombe.
While addressing the stakeholders meeting which included INEC officials in the state, political parties and security agencies in the state, Olukolu said early warning signals have shown that competing political offices co-located beside each other is capable of brewing unprovoked attacks on individuals and their property based on party differences.
He explained that “the problem that triggers security concerns is when violence is introduced to the game of politics, hence, a situation where competing political party offices are co-located beside each other and unprovoked attacks on individuals and their property based on party differences are part of the early warning signals to violence.”
According to him, a recent review has shown some early warning signals that something is not right saying, “The political leaders will benefit more if their followers are educated and informed on the need to live together in peace and harmony to sustain the name of all good people of Gombe State.”
He, however, stated that the security agencies in the state are ready to apply the law in case of breaches by individuals and groups no matter how highly placed. (Nigerian Tribune)
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