Ahead of Saturday’s election, Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has directed security agencies to arrest and prosecute all identified criminals across the state.
Addressing service chiefs during the first Osun State Security Council meeting under his administration, Adeleke stated that a peaceful poll on Saturday and beyond would deepen Nigeria’s democracy and enhance the further realization of good governance.
Adeleke, in a statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, obtained in Osogbo on Monday further said, “I convey this security meeting to review the state of security in Osun state and to strategize on how to further sustain the existing peace in our state. Osun has been largely peaceful. I attribute this to good governance and the tireless efforts of our security agencies.
“Democracy does not need violence. We are called upon to make our choice peacefully. Your ballot is your power. It is your opportunity to decide who governs your state and country. Violence is otherwise contrary to the spirit of democracy.
“I hereby direct security agencies to arrest and prosecute all identified thugs and criminals across the state. All hotspots should be thoroughly combed and agents of violence flushed out. Let the state be made safe for our people to peacefully exercise their voting rights. I also call on all security agencies to ensure close cooperation and collaboration. Political campaigns are entering the most critical stages and we must sustain the peace and security we are currently enjoying.”
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