From Oluseyi Dasilva
The Kwara Police Command on Tuesday issued a ban on members of the vigilante groups from carrying arms during and after the conduct of the Saturday, Nov. 17 by-election in the state.
Mr. Fatusi Olabode, the Area Commander, Omu-Aran, made the disclosure at a meeting with stakeholders held at the palace of the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, in Omu-Aran, IRepodun Local Government Area of Kwara.
The meeting was at the instance of Omu-Aran Traditional Council of Chiefs
and the Olomu-In-Council, headed by Oba Adeoti, to interact with stakeholders toward ensure a violence free by-election.
The scheduled by-election is for Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency in Kwara South District.
Fatusi said the ban placed on members of the vigilance groups carrying arms during the by-election was part of a larger security measures put in place to forestall breakdown of law and order.
He reiterated the command’s readiness to collaborate with all stakeholders in ensuring adequate security of lives and property during and after the conduct of the by-election.
Oba Adeoti, in a remark, urged political leaders, especially the party flag bearers in the by-election, to imbibe tolerance and play the game according to the laid down rules and regulations.
He said the meeting became necessary in order to assure the stakeholders of the support of the traditional institution toward a hitch free and credible election.
“Omu-Aran is known as a peace loving community where religion, culture had been unifying factors.
“It is our hope that the conduct of Saturday’s by-election would not be an exception.
“This meeting, we are optimistic, will foster the needed harmonious relationship among different political associations needed to move our community forward and ensure peace,” he said.
Mr Kola Adewumi, a PDP stalwart in Omu-Aran, in his contribution, said the party would not condone any act of lawlessness among its members, saying the party’s major preoccupation was to ensure a hitch free exercise.
Mr Shuaib Olanrewaju, also a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his part, absolved the party from the alleged importation of thugs into the community making the rounds.
He pledged that the party was ready to abide by the rules guiding the conduct of the by-election.
The two of the major candidates in the by-election: Raheem Olawuyi of the APC and Jimoh Alatise of PDP hail from Omu-Aran community.