Yenagoa - The Police in Bayelsa said on Friday that movement
of some water transportation facilities and river craft activities would be
restricted during the governorship election in the state on Saturday.
It also announced that movement of persons, motor vehicles
and tricycles would be restricted from the hours of 6am to 6pm on the election
It said that the restriction was from 7 p.m. on Friday to 7
a.m. on Sunday, adding that boats fitted with 200 horsepower engine and above
was not permitted to move during the period.
“Any person or group of persons who violates this order will
be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
“Likewise, movement of persons, motor vehicles and tricycles
will be restrictennounced d on the election date, from the hours of 6am to 6pm.
“Only those on essential services will be allowed to move,”
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It urged the electorate to go out and exercise their franchise “by casting
their votes for candidates of their choice.”
The statement warned that the command would deal with political parties and
candidates who fomented trouble during and after the poll.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Inspector General of Police,
Solomon Arase, had on Tuesday in Yenagoa, announced that 14,000 policemen had
been deployed for election duty.
The statement said that the police had increased patrols and intensive
surveillance in all parts of the state.
“All political parties and their contestants should desist from any act capable
of disrupting the election process.
"They are advised to abide by the peace accord they had earlier signed and
comply with the regulations guiding the electoral process,” it said.
The statement said the police had synergized with other security agencies to
ensure smooth and credible election.