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INEC, Police, NSCDC Warn Politicians Over Hate Speeches

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigerian Police, National Orientation Agency (NOA), on Thursday, advised politicians and political parties to shun hate speeches ahead of the 2019 election.

They said this at a seminar held at the headquarters of the NSCDC, Oyo state.

Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC Oyo state, Mutiu Agboke called for more cohesion among political parties and the use of persuasion as a tool to sensitize their followers to ply responsible politics and shun hate speeches.

“Nigerians must shun selfish interest for the general interest of the good of the nation”, he said.

“Law enforcement agencies should prosecute hate speech makers, within the ambit of the law.”

In his remarks, Oyo state Commandant, NSCDC decried hate speeches and outright false information in some quarters.

He urged politicians to desist from playing politics with bitterness, but commit themselves to peace in the 2019 elections.

Assistant Commissioner of Police in Oyo state, Chinedu Okoh said the police was putting machinery in motion to ensure a peaceful and credible election at polling booths.

He warned that security agencies would not tolerate hooliganism.