By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA—Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday, hailed the people of Edo State for their peaceful conduct during and after the governorship election in the state, won by Governor Adams Oshiomole.
The IG said Edo State electorate had shown that power belongs to the people.
Abubakar, in a statement by Police Spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, commended Edo people for “the high level of discipline, orderliness, patience and understanding displayed even in the face of some operational and logistic problems.”
The IG observed that the development, had given a ray of hope for the stability and growth of democracy in the country.
The statement said: “It is the belief of the IG that the exemplary comportment and conduct of the Edo people attest to the fact that power belongs to the people.
“It is also a confirmation of the age-long position of the Force that security is the task of everyone and that the responsibility of policing a nation should not be abandoned to the Police and the security agencies.
“One of the positive fall-out of the Edo State election is the clear message that the Nigeria Police can amicably and successfully work with the general public in the discharge of its statutory responsibility of protecting life and property.
“This in itself unequivocally points to the fact that our democracy has come to stay.
“Nigerians, in all works of life, irrespective of geographical heritage, tribe and tongue, culture and tradition; are challenged to emulate and replicate, not just in political and election-related matters, but in all other spheres of life, the maturity displayed by the people of Edo State.”