#OsunDecides: DIG Kokumo reacts to reports of vote-buying


DIG Johnson Kokumo

By Kelecho Ogunleye

Mr Johnson Kokumo, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) leading police operation for Osun governorship election said contrary to reports in the social media, he did not get any report about vote buying.

Kokumo who said this after a visit to ward 5, unit 5 Salvation Army alekuwodo polling unit in Osogbo also said he has not received any report of violence during the election, though he admitted that there have been some arrests by the police.

The DIG said that the security agencies had been up and doing in ensuring peaceful conduct of the election.

“Those who have violated electoral laws have been accosted,” he said.

Kokumo said that investigations will be carried out on those arrested for further actions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the police deployed 21,000 personnel to ensure hitch-free conduct of the election.

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Also speaking, Mr Dauda Mungadi, the Deputy Commandant General (DCG) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in charge of Operations, said after a visit to ward 2 unit 7 Isale Osun, that there was sanity and orderliness in most polling units in the state.

Mungadi said that although the election was still ongoing, the corps had not received reports of major issues of destruction of the voting process.

He said that the NSCDC personnel were positioned to observe polling units and make arrests of suspected vote-buyers or persons with intentions to disrupt the election.

He expressed satisfaction with the large voter turnout at polling units.

The DCG advised residents to continue to conduct themselves peacefully as he described the election as “not a do or die affair”.

“ There can only be one winner so cast your votes and let your votes count,” he said.

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