The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 8, Mr. Christopher Dega, has warned politicians in Ekiti State to conduct themselves within the ambit of the law to ensure a crisis-free, fair and credible governorship election
Dega gave the warning in Lokoja yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen on the achievements of his zone in combating crime in 2013
The Zone A police formation comprises Ekiti, Kwara and Kogi states with headquarters in Lokoja
The police boss, who appealed to politicians not to use any foul language that may overheat the polity or constitute a breach to the law, said the police would not hesitate to deal with anyone who breaks the law, no matter his position in the society
He warned political thugs to vacate the state before the governorship election coming up later this year saying, the stringent measures put in place by the police were capable of fishing out any hoodlum any where he may be hibernating in the state
On the achievements of his zone, he said the police had achieved monumental success in the prevention of crimes and apprehension of criminals in 2013
Denga said the successes recorded were as a result of strategies put in place by his zone, which he said, included constant town hall meetings between the police and their host communities, full security coverage of bridges in the zone, fortification of worship centres and prisons, among others
While giving a breakdown of the crime rates in the three states that made up the zone, he said Ekiti had the lowest crime rate, slightly followed by Kogi state while Kwara state had the highest crime rate in the zone
However, the AIG said the over all statistical data of the crimes in 2012 was higher than that of last year, due to the new incentives introduced by the Inspector General of Police and enforcement of discipline among the officers.
While soliciting for the co-operation of members of the public to provide useful information to the police. He expressed readiness to continue to protect lives and property of law abiding citizens in the zone.