Nigeria Police Force Announces Movement Restrictions on Election Days
Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on Tuesday announced the institution of a nationwide restriction on vehicular movement on Saturday, March 28th and Saturday, April 11th respectively as part of efforts to ensure adequate security on both days.
According to Sahara Reporters, Abba revealed the news via a statement signed by Acting Commissioner, Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Public Relations Officer of the force:
As part of efforts to ensure adequate security in the forthcoming general elections across all the Federation on Saturday 28th March, 2015 and 11th April, 2015, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, CFR, NPM, NPOM, mni has ordered the restriction on vehicular movements as follows:
(i) Saturday 28th March, 2015, 8.00am – 5.00pm only.
(ii) Saturday 11th April, 2015 8.00am – 5.00pm only
This total restriction of movements order applies to all, except for Ambulances, Fire service trucks and others on essential duties. Consequently, travelers and citizens who intend to use roads on these days and hours are advised to plan alternative times for their traveling.
While expressing his regrets over the inconveniences that road users and the general public may encounter as a result of this restriction, the IGP appeals for the understanding and cooperation of the entire citizenry, as the restriction is done in the nation’s interest.
The IGP assures that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere. In this regard, Policemen for election duty have been properly trained, briefed and sensitized on their roles as stipulated in the Electoral Act. They are expected to be professional, non-partisan, civil but firm in their approach and relation to the public.
Meanwhile, citizens are enjoined to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate Police authority.
Ag. CP Emmanuel C. S. Ojukwu, psc
Force Public Relations Officer,
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