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Turnout for poll good for democracy, says Oyo police boss

2015-03-28 17:05
Nigerian presidential candidate of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari and vice-presidential candidate Yemi Osinbajo attend a campaign rally on January 19, 2015 in Kaduna. Buhari will face President Goodluck Jonathan ~ CHRIS STEIN

Ibadan - The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Muhammed Katsina, has commended the turnout of  voters in the state, saying it was  a good development for democracy.

Katsina said this in Ibadan on Saturday after monitoring the accreditation exercise for the presidential election.

"I am impressed by the massive turnout of  the electorate  in all the areas I visited and their peaceful conduct is highly commendable.

"This is apart from  some little hitches involving  INEC at the collation centre at Molete and these were  later sorted out.

"The security officials assigned to all polling booths have also ensured orderliness and this, I must say, is commendable," he said.

Also read: Nigerians go to polls amid safety concerns

He said his approach to the conduct of the electoral exercise was through the use of   officers in the  intelligence unit who were on  ground to interact with the people, the physical presence of  officers and the deployment of undercover agents.

The police boss commenced the  monitoring  exercise at about 8.35a.m. in company with  the Comptroller of Customs, Oyo/Osun Command, Mr Mohammed Bawa, and  heads of  other agencies.

The convoy, which took off  from the Eleyele Police Headquarters, went through Sabo, Mokola, Yemetu,  Kannike area of Beere, Isale Ijebu, Bode Oja, Idi-Arere ,  Molete, Challenge and  Olomi  areas  of Ibadan

The Olomi Academy area where the NURTW secretariat is  located and marked as a trouble spot was, however,  calm. 

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