Supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Idah Local Government area of Kogi State engaged in a violent confrontation prior to the upcoming gubernatorial election.
The altercation occurred on Wednesday and resulted in numerous injuries, vehicle damage, and a police officer sustaining gunshot wounds.
The spokesperson for the Kogi State Police Command, SP William Aya, confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday.
Aya reported that the Commissioner of Police, CP Bethrand Onuoha, has ordered an investigation into the matter.
He condemned the clash and emphasized that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department will initiate investigations.
Aya reiterated the commitment of the Police Command to collaborate with key stakeholders in Election Security Management to ensure a secure environment for the electoral process.
The statement also highlighted the Command’s dedication to providing a fair and safe platform for all political parties during campaigns, rallies, and processions.
“The CP reiterates the Command’s unwavering commitment to continue to engage the critical stakeholders in Election Security Management to ensure a secure environment for the electoral process. The Command is ever determined in providing a level playing ground for all Political Parties as they embark on campaigns, rallies, processions, among others,” the statement read.
Additionally, the Police Command issued a warning to potential troublemakers in anticipation of the governorship election scheduled for November 11 in Kogi State.