Abuja - Police have placed an order restricting movement within the boundaries of Bayelsa and Kogi States ahead of governorship elections.
The order is effective 6 am and 6pm on Saturday.
The measures are part of the strategies designed to prevent electoral fraud and violence, and ensure a hitch-free governorship election in Bayelsa State and supplementary election in Kogi State.
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In Kogi, the IGP has also directed intra-city restriction of vehicular movement, in areas where supplementary election will be conducted.
“However, persons on essential duties such as Ambulance service providers, Independent National Electoral Commission officials on-duty, security men, accredited election monitors/observers, accredited journalists, etc are not affected by this order,” said to Olabisi Kolawole Force Public Relations Officer.
She added that the Force noted that the order is informed by the need to forestall plans by criminal elements to undermine the electoral process as gathered through intelligence reports and implore the general public for their understanding and cooperation towards the enforcement of this order.
“The Nigeria Police Force advises that travellers should take advantage of alternative routes to their destinations where necessary within the hours of this restriction of vehicular movement on Saturday as Police, complemented by the military and other security agents on duty at strategic points will subject motorists and other travellers plying the affected routes to civil and meticulous security search,” Kolawole.
Kolawole assured all law-abiding electorates of a secure and enabling environment to exercise their franchise.
She warned all security details to refrain from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election. – CAJ News
- CAJ News