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By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan

Oyo state police command has commenced sensitization campaign for stakeholders.

Naijanewshub.com.ng reports that Oyo State Police Command in its preparation for a credible and hitch-free election come 2023 commenced sensitization campaign for all the stakeholders across the geo-political zones of the state.

This was contained in a press release signed by the state police public relations officers, SP. Adewale Osifeso on behalf of the state police commissioner, CP. Adebowale Williams.

SP. Osifeso in a copy of the press release made available to journalists in Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo state noted that security sensitization and awareness meeting with political stakeholders as the state approaches the electioneering campaign period and by extension, the 2023 general elections in line with standard operation procedures.

The statement read as thus; Oyo State Police Command in furtherance of its Proactive Security Responsiveness Approach, today Friday, 12/08/2022 held a Security Sensitization and Awareness meeting with Political Stakeholders as the State approaches the electioneering campaign period and by extension, the 2023 General Elections in line with Standard Operation Procedures.

Recall, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued its timetable and schedule of Activities for the 2023 General elections heralding the Commencement of Campaigns by Political Parties in Public in accordance with section 94 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022.

Consequent upon the above, the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, CP Adebowale Williams psc (+) fdc enjoined all the Stakeholders to embrace peace and shun acts capable of truncating the relative peace and tranquility enjoyed by residents.

While highlighting measures already emplaced towards the realization of a hitch-free campaign period, the Commissioner of Police,  advised the political parties participating in the general elections to submit details of its campaign schedule to include dates and routes for adequate security provisions.

Furthermore,the CP intimated the gathering that apart from regular high octane patrols across the length and breadth of the state, intelligence led stop and search and technological aided surveillance, the Oyo State Police Command has formed a special crowd control unit to cater to cases of crowd management before, during and after the campaigns.

The statement however called on the parents, guardians and leaders wielding various degrees of influence to warn their children, wards and proteges to avoid being used as cannon fodders by agents of mischief to disrupt the polity, as heavy sanctions awaits violators in accordance with the laws and statues of the land.

Concluded part of the statement stated that, “In cases of emergency, the Command can always be reached through these emergency control room numbers: 615 (toll free) (OYO STATE SECURITY TRUST FUND), and Oyo State Police Command emergency lines 07055495413 and 08081768614. The NPF rescue me app is also available for free download on both Android and Apple IOS, for Android and I phone users respectively.

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