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Security agencies tasked on proactive measures for Bayelsa, Kogi, Imo elections

Ahead of the gubernatorial elections in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states, slated for November 11, a civil society organization, Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI), has called…

Ahead of the gubernatorial elections in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states, slated for November 11, a civil society organization, Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI), has called on security agencies and critical stakeholders to proactively address pre-election violence before it escalates.

Bukola Idowu, the team lead of KDI, made this call during the public presentation of the Pre-Election Security Risk Assessment (ESRA) report in Abuja on Friday.

“We have alerted stakeholders to intervene early and prevent these issues from escalating into violence beyond manageable levels,” Idowu stated.

He highlighted some key findings from their survey, including that these states have a significant history of electoral violence likely to repeat itself on election day.

Idowu said, “In Imo, there are concerns about a potential mix of agitation and politics, along with uncertainty around the judicial process in the region.

“Bayelsa, although currently reporting low levels of violence, faces judicial uncertainty, particularly concerning the APC candidate.

“Kogi is experiencing a rising number of violence cases, with an average of one case reported every week, mostly with political motives. The strong competition among candidates representing all three senatorial districts is a significant concern.

“In light of these findings, it is imperative that security agencies and stakeholders take proactive measures to ensure a peaceful and secure electoral process in these states.”

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