IGP Restricts Vehicular Movement During Elections

IGP Restricts Vehicular Movement During Elections

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has ordered a restriction on vehicular movement during the upcoming gubernatorial and state houses of assembly elections on Saturday, March 18th, 2023. The directive, which will take effect from 12 am to 6 pm, was disclosed in a statement signed by the force’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi.

According to the statement, the restriction will apply to all forms of transportation, including roads, waterways, and other means of transport, in all states where the elections will be conducted, with the exception of essential services such as Officials, Electoral Observers, Accredited Media and Observers, Ambulances responding to medical emergencies, and firefighters. However, the Federal Capital Territory is exempted from the restriction as no election is being conducted therein.

Furthermore, the reiterates the ban on all security aides and escorts from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election. The directive is aimed at ensuring a peaceful and transparent electoral process.

The Inspector General of Police urged all citizens to be law-abiding during and after the elections, while assuring them that all necessary security arrangements have been put in place to ensure that they exercise their franchise without any hindrance. Citizens are also advised to cooperate with law enforcement officers and report any suspicious activities or persons to the appropriate authorities.

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