Police Restricts Movement In States Slated For Rerun Polls

Security men at a polling unit guarding ballot boxes
Security men at a polling unit guarding ballot boxes

The Nigerian Police on Friday ordered a restriction of movement in local government areas of states where rerun polls are expected to take place this weekend.

The states are Abia, Imo, Delta, Kogi and Taraba where elections are scheduled to take place in some local governments on Saturday between 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The restriction of movement is expected to take place within these hours

The order was contained in a press statement issued by the Force spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, an acting commissioner of police.

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It noted that a restriction of vehicular movement order also affects movement in and out of the areas where the rerun elections are to take place.

Those exempted from the order include essential services such as ambulances, fire service trucks and others on election duty.

The statement added that travellers and citizens who intend to ply roads in the affected places during those hours should plan alternative routes.

As in the previous elections, the police also warned politicians not to go to polling areas with their security escorts for any reason.



    “The IGP also warns government officials and political office holders not to go to polling units with uniformed orderlies or aides, while persons who have no business with voting must not be found within 300 meters of a polling unit.,” the statement warned.

    Ojukwu also said the police had also put adequate security measures in place by the deployment of additional senior officers to supervise security during the elections.

    It said the force had already deployed one deputy inspector-general of police, one assistant inspector-general of police and two commissioners of police to Abia State; one assistant inspector-general of police and three commissioners of police to Imo State. Also two assistant inspectors-general of police and two deputy commissioners of police had been sent to Taraba to supervise security.

    Elections in some polling units in local governments in the affected states had been declared inconclusive in the affected states by the electoral body.

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