Nigeria Police issue restriction of movement order on election days

The Inspector-General Of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered the restriction on vehicular movements from 8a.m to 6p.m on election days.

A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, says persons on essential duties, ambulances and fire service trucks are, however, exempted from the restriction of movement order.

This, according to the Police, is part of efforts to ensure adequate security in the forthcoming general elections across the federation on March 28 and April 11, 2015.

The Police advised travellers and citizens who intend to use roads on election days and hours to plan alternative times for their trips.

While expressing his regrets over the inconveniences that road users and the general public might encounter as a result of this restriction, the IGP appealed for the understanding and cooperation of the entire citizenry.

The IGP gave the assurance that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has also warned voters not to remain at the polling centers after casting their votes on Saturday.

Mr Abba, on Tuesday told a gathering in Abuja, in very clear terms, that the security operatives expect everyone to vote and go.

The IGP made the pronouncement during the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC stakeholders’ meeting.

This view had been opposed by the political parties and INEC.