Dozens of female protestors have surrounded the Bayelsa state police headquarters in Yenagoa, demanding the expulsion of the commissioner of police, Tolani Alausa.
According to the demonstrators, removing Alausa would ensure police neutrality and a nonviolent election in Bayelsa State.
The women, clothed in black, requested President Bola Tinubu and Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun to ensure that people’s votes counted.
“All we are asking for is a peaceful election in the state,” one of the women, Alice Daniels, stated.
“Can’t we just vote in peace for our preferred candidate?” We choose a nonviolent exercise. The police should safeguard the people while still allowing us to vote for whomever we want.
“This shouldn’t be like other elections where people manipulate elections,” she remarked.
Another protester, human rights activist Timitimi Ebipador, encouraged police and other security forces to “properly oversee” the electoral process.
“We are appealing to you to conduct a peaceful election; we want an exercise free of violence,” she stated.
“You are responsible for providing security for our lives; that should be your responsibility, not meddling in the election.”
“Please protect us; we want our husbands, children, and even brothers to be safe after the exercise.”
“We’ve seen it on several occasions.” It was marred by violence in 2019 and 2015, and no one has been arrested or imprisoned for the violence.”
Sokari Pedro, a deputy inspector general of police, greeted the demonstrators and promised them of a smooth election on Saturday.