The Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu has ordered restriction of vehicular movement during the Edo State election scheduled to hold on Saturday September 19, 2020 at ensuring public order.
Penpushing reports that, the order was contained in a statement made available by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, adding that the restriction will take effect from 11.59 pm on Friday 18th to Saturday 19
‘In line with concerted efforts at ensuring public order and safety, during the forthcoming Edo Gubernatorial election slated to hold on Saturday, 19th September, 2020, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 11:59PM on Friday, 18th September, 2020 – 6pm on Saturday, 19th September, 2020’, the statement said.
Penpushing further reports that, the statement added that the police boss noted that the restriction order is informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs and checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts and other criminally-minded individuals especially from contiguous States from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.
The Inspector General enjoined citizens to go out en-masse on the day of the election and vote, noting that the police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilized to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election.
Penpushing also reports that, Adamu while regretting any inconveniences the restriction order may cause the citizens, enjoined the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.
The police boss, however warned that the force will not sit idly-by and watch citizens who may want to engage in any criminal act – violent and destructive acts, snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, and other act(s) capable of compromising the electoral processes.