Nigerian police forces have warned political parties to avoid any bullying, personal attacks and spreading fake news that could incite violence ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Jigawa State Police Commissioner Emmanuel Evium Ekot made the call at the signing of the peace agreement by the gubernatorial candidates held at the police headquarters in Dutse, the state capital.
He said the aim is to ensure barrier-free campaigns/rallies and a safe environment for free, fair, credible and non-violent elections.
Therefore, the Commissioner urged the political parties to support the police and other security agencies and work closely with them.
According to him, “I urge you and your supporters to renounce incense, inflammatory statements, vandalizing the property of opposition parties, bullying and personal assault.
“We will not hold back from penalizing anyone who is found to be willing, so you should organize trainings for your members and educate them on the electoral business and rules of participation as defined by the 2022 Election Laws as amended.”
Twelve gubernatorial candidates and their party leaders in Jigawa State signed the Peace Agreement ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The gubernatorial candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), and other political parties have reaffirmed their determination to ensure a violence-free general election in 2023.
Jigawa 2023: Avoid bullying, personal attacks and fake news – Police warn political parties