Inspector General of Police(IGP), Usman Baba has ordered the movement of all forms of vehicles on roads, waterways and other means of transport to be restricted from 12 pm to 6 pm for today’s state elections.
The only exceptions to the restrictions are for critical services such as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officers, election observers, certified media and observers, and emergency responders.
According to Force Spokesman Muyiwa Adejobi, the policy also excludes the Federal Capital Territory where elections are not held.
However, IGP Baba added that necessary protective measures are in place to ensure the safety of citizens and enable voters to exercise their right to vote without fear of harassment.
“Similarly, the IGP reiterates the ban on all security aides to VIPs and escorts from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election.
“The IGP also barred state-established security outfits and privately-owned outfits from participating in election security management. State-owned security outfits include the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards, the Amotekun Corps, and Ebubeagu, among others.”
It would be recalled that ballot box snatching, voter harassment and intimidation were recorded during the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections, especially in states such as Lagos, Kano, Rivers and Bayelsa.
cc: Independent Ng