Police authorities in Oyo state have warned politicians to steer clear of trouble because they are going to deal with anyone who engages in any form of violence.

The Oyo State Police Command hosted what it called a stakeholders meeting on Thursday, January 24 in Ibadan.

The essence of the event was to relate with all persons and groups involved in the forthcoming elections as part of preparation for a peaceful election season.

The meeting was called in compliance with the directive of the Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Abubakar Adamu Muhammed.

Oyo State commissioner of police, Abiodun Odude said that the police were committed to peaceful, free and fair elections and are “determined to deal decisively with individuals, or politicians no matter how highly placed” who engage in any form of violence.

"We are piqued by recent disturbing activities of some overzealous party supporters whose actions, caustic comments or utterances prelude crisis and could set the stage for violence in the state, and this is capable of threatening free, fair and credible elections in the state.

"Recently the command has been inundated with petitions by some aggrieved party loyalist who complained that their posters and bill boards were maliciously defaced, destroyed or removed out right by yet to be identified agents of opposition parties.

“Also, some political parties have begun to make inflammatory remarks and hate speeches aimed at denigrating their opponents," CP Odude said.

In his assertion the Oyo State INEC commissioner, Mr. Mutiu Abgoke urged the politicians in the state to take things easy with themselves.

"It is only in a peaceful election that we will not have to do inconclusive elections, but if election is not peaceful in some areas, then it will be inconclusive, and this is in line with the directives of INEC.

"We can guarantee a free and fair election from our side, but the politicians must not take the election matter as a do or die affair,” he advised.

He added: “Each PVC has been coded with their polling units so there is no need for any politician to be looking for any PVC because it will not be useful for them. For the masses, I can assure you that your votes will be counted."

The event was well attended by representatives of political parties, INEC officials, candidates, members of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and other regular customers during elections. 

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