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Police order restriction of vehicular movements in Abia, Imo, Taraba for rep-elections

2015-04-24 20:54
Nigerian President and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan (C) sits among party leaders during a rally in Maiduguri on January 24, 2015. Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, t ~ TUNJI OMIRIN

Abuja - The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has ordered restriction of vehicular movements in Local Government Areas where re-run elections will be held in five states on Saturday.

This contained in statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu in Abuja on Friday.

According to the statement, the order affects vehicular movements in local government areas in Abia, Imo, Delta, Kogi and Taraba states between 8a.m. and 5p.m., where the re-elections will be held

"This order affects movements in and out of the areas where the re-run elections are to take place, except for ambulances, fire service trucks and others on essential duties.

"Consequently, travellers and citizens who intend to ply roads within those hours are advised to plan alternative routes’’, it said.

Also read: APGA insists re-election in Imo

The I-G warned government officials and political office holders not to go to polling units with uniformed orderlies or aides.

Arase also warned that persons who had no business with voting must not be found within 300 metres of a polling unit.

Meanwhile, the I-G has deployed additional senior officers to supervise the elections in Abia, Imo and Taraba states.

A breakdown shows that one DIG, one AIG and two Commissioners of Police would oversee the exercise in Abia, while one AIG and three Commissioners of Police would do same in Imo.

Two IGs and two Commissioners of Police are to supervise the elections in Taraba.

The I-G advised the people of the affected areas to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to the police. 


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