A civil society group, Peoples’ Advocates has expressed worry over the SBM Intelligence report ranking Osun as top State with highest political violence in Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement signed by its Chairman, Bayo Alade while assessing some new policies of Governor Ademola Adeleke-led government.
SBM Intelligence, a research organisation, in its recent report, ranked Osun as the State with the highest number of cases of election related violence in 2022.
According to the report, a total of five people were killed in 11 politically motivated violent attacks in Osun.
SBM stated that election related violence included the attack on the facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
While speaking on the report, Peoples’ Advocates held that, “The recent report by an intelligence group (SMB intelligence) that rated Osun as the State with highest political violence case in 2022 is disturbing.
“It is even more alarming going by the trend of political violence cases like disruption of campaign billboards, attack on political offices, among others that have been reported in the State just 15 days into 2023 and few weeks to the February general elections.
“We call on all political actors in the State to play by the rules and excuse violence. We equally charge the security agencies in the State to be up and doing.
Osun had been rated as the third most peaceful State in Nigeria before, descending from that ladder should be a cause of concern for every stakeholder.”
However, speaking on the preparation of the Osun State Police Command for the 2023 general election, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opal said the police are fully prepared.
Opalola, who featured on a radio current affairs programme in Osogbo on Monday, stressed that the command will continue to discharge its duty in ensuring that the people of the State and their properties are safe before, during and after the election.