IGP orders restriction of vehicular movement on election day

The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 6am – 6pm on Saturday.

Police spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Frank Mba in a statement on Thursday said the restriction is in the interest of public order, public wellbeing, safety and national security as it relates to the general elections billed to take place on Saturday.

Mba said the will assist the security agencies in effectively policing the electoral process, thereby preventing hoodlums and criminally-minded elements from hijacking and disrupting the electoral process.

He urged citizens to troupe out en-masse on the day of the election to exercise their franchise without any fear or apprehension as the police and other security agencies have already put in place adequate security measures to ensure a safe, secure and conducive environment for a peaceful and credible election.

He said, “While regretting the inconveniences the restriction will cause the citizens, the IGP however warns that the Force will deal decisively with any individual or group that will want to test our common will in our resolve to ensure a peaceful election.”

He enjoined citizens to steer-clear of vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, circulating fake news, snatching of ballot boxes and acts capable of truncating the people’s will.

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