The Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement on Election Day. The movement according to the police would be restricted from 6am to 6pm.
The Police explained that the ban on movement would assist the security agencies to do their jobs properly and also prevent hoodlums from disrupting the electoral process.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Thursday by the Force Spokesman ACP Frank Mba.
The statement reads: “As part of efforts in furtherance of the overall interest of public order, public wellbeing and safety and national security as it relates to the general elections billed to take place on Saturday, February 16th, 2019, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Muhammed Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 6am – 6pm on Saturday, 16th February, 2019.
“The IGP notes that the restriction 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.”
The Police chief while stating that adequate security arrangements have been made urged members of the public to troupe out en-masse on the day of the election to exercise their franchise without fear.
The IGP, who regretted the inconveniences the restriction will cause, warned that the Force will deal decisively with any individual or group that will want to test the Force in its resolve to ensure a peaceful election.
He also urged the citizens to steer-clear of vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, circulating fake news, snatching of ballot boxes and other acts capable of truncating the people’s will noting that the Force will not hesitate to bring to bear the full weight of the law on anyone who engages in any crime during this period.