The police have lamented that the violence in Kogi State during the governorship elections was worse than that of Bayelsa State.
Elections had been disrupted in Ward 2, Lokoja, after gunshots were fired into the air by suspected thugs who also made away with ballot boxes, even as electorates scampered for safety.
Speaking about the situation during an appearance on Channels TV’s special election programme, the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, noted that although some of the incidences had been identified in the threat analysis and preventive measures were taken, a lot of things are still beyond the control of the security agencies.
He, however, explained that if the public knew the level of threat that was detected as well as the amount of work that went into identifying, isolating and neutralising a lot of the threat they would appreciate the efforts of the security agencies.
According to him, the fact that there were incidences of some isolated cases of violence should “not distract from the heavy investments and amount of work (they) have done”.
“The situation in Kogi has actually been very challenging, more challenging than the situation in Bayelsa,” he said.
“The truth, however, is that we saw a great deal of this in the threat analysis we conducted earlier and we actually took a lot of measures and strategic steps to isolate and neutralise some of these problems”.
Speaking further, he blamed some of the electoral malpractices and violence on politicians who play very desperate games.