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State With Highest Political Violence: Group Expresses Worry As Osun Tops List

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State With Highest Political Violence: Group Expresses Worry As Osun Tops List

A civil society group, Peoples’ Advocates has expressed worry over SMB Intelligence report ranking Osun State as top state with highest political violence among states in Nigeria.

The group’s worry was contained in a press statement signed by its chairman, Barr. Bayo Alade while assessing some new polices of Governor Ademola Adeleke led government.

Blaze Newz gathered SBM Intelligence, a research organisation, in its recent report ranked Osun as state with the highest number of election related violence cases in 2022.

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According to SBM Intelligence report, a total of five people were killed in 11 political violent attacks in Osun.

SBM said election related violence included the attack on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) facilities.

While speaking on the report Peoples’ Advocates said “The recent report by an intelligence group (SMB intelligence) that rated Osun as the state with highest political violence case in 2022 is disturbing.

A report by a research organisation, SBM Intelligence, said Osun had the highest number of election related violence cases in 2022. 

According to the report, a total of five people were killed in 11 political violent attacks. 

SBM, in the report published on Tuesday, said the election related violence included the attack on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) facilities.

SBM Intelligence’s Infographic report

“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.

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“We call on all political actors in the state to play be the rule and excuse violence. We equally charge the security agencies in the state to be up and doing.

“Osun had been rated as third most peaceful state in Nigeria before, descending from that ladder should be a cause of concern for every stakeholder.”

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Speaking on the preparation of the Osun State Police Command for the 2023 general election, Spokesperson of the state police, Yemisi Opalola said the police is fully prepared.

Opalola who was featured on Rave FM’s Frank Talk program ,on Monday, stressed that the command will continue to discharge its duty in ensuring that Osun people and their properties are save before, during and after election.

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