Folarin “Falz” Falana and Peter “Mr. P” Okoye, two prominent Nigerian actors and singers, have criticized the Nigerian Police for failing to safeguard voters during the general elections in 2023.
Their main focus was the All Progressives Congress (APC)-affiliated thugs’ assault on Lagos state voters. High levels of violence and intimidation, many of which were committed directly in front of the security personnel, marred the 2023 Lagos State Governorship election.
Recent footage showed police officers involved in the chaos or merely observing while many voters’ voting rights were actively suppressed. Falz tweeted his response to the mayhem:
“I am so livid. This level of fuckery is unbelievable!
A couple of Arise TV journalists were very badly beaten up at my polling unit. OF COURSE, in the presence of Police officers! On the basis of which logic do you conclude that it’s okay to use force to get people to ‘vote’ for you? All you supporters and enablers of this fxxkery are even more despicable. You know better, but you are EVIL at heart. You are VILE!”
Peter Okoye also added;
“We do not have police in Nigeria! All we have is thugs with uniforms! SHAME ON THEM!
Irregularities and malpractice have been the theme of this year’s general polls. INEC reiterated and reminded Nigerians that it was committed to maintaining the integrity of the voting process and will not hesitate to take decisive action against evident infractions. The panel additionally authorized the evaluation and resolution of allegations of voter fraud, harassment, and outcome manipulation. Also, displeased parties have been advised to file a lawsuit. The next few weeks will indeed be interesting in the Nigerian political space.