Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has raised alarm over influx of suspected political thugs into the state as bye-election for member of House of Representatives to represent Ekiti, Irepodun and Isin Federal constituency approaches.
Ahmed, who declared that the state is under siege, dropped the hint when he received Concerned Kwara South Youth at the Government House, Ilorin on Tuesday.
The governor expressed fear over the redeployment of Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the Kwara South senatorial district by the Inspector General of Police, alleging that the IGP’s actions at this critical period called for serious concern.
Ahmed further explained that ordinarily, government should have been excited with the police action of re-strategising to ensure free, fair and credible election but past experiences have shown that the police was not sincere and faithful with the move.
According to him, “Past experiences in both Ekiti and Osun states had proven that the Nigeria Police Force is trying to support the opposition to manipulate the bye-election.
“Credible information reaching us proved that the police are conniving with the opposition to cause mayhem and intimidate our people and get them de-enfranchised in the bye-election”.
The governor appealed to the Presidency to call the IGP to order, saying the actions of the Inspector General of Police threatens the country’s democracy.
Speaking earlier, leader of the protesting youths, Comrade Felix Alaba, had in his remarks lauded the governor for the developmental projects across the state.
He also expressed concerns over the influx of strangers into Kwara South as the bye-election is fast approaching, adding that the rate at which strangers are arriving their communities calls for concern.