The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in and out of Anambra State for Saturday’s governorship election.
The order was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
Mba, a Commissioner of Police quoted the IGP as having said the restriction order has become necessary following pointers from the Election Security Threats Assessments conducted by the Force, which indicated a high likelihood of infiltration by criminally-minded individuals to Anambra State before, during and after the polls.
Baba further noted that the measure would also avail security forces a firm grip of the State to checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts and prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs throughout the period and beyond.
He said the restriction would be from 11:59 pm on November 5, 2021, till 11:59 pm on November 6, 2021.
Baba enjoined officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, accredited observers and journalists, and other authorised officials to go about their lawful duties as it relates to the elections, provided they observe all relevant rules guiding their deployment, including the visible display of their accreditation tags.
He acknowledged that Police officers and other security personnel deployed for the election will be appropriately supervised to ensure they carry out their responsibilities in the most humane, firm and professional manner especially to emergency service providers such as firefighters and ambulance services.
The IGP enjoined citizens, particularly motorists and travellers who may want to use the routes within Anambra State during the period of the restrictions, to seek alternative routes and see the inconveniences as part of sacrifices toward the collective sustenance of our democracy.
He called on citizens in the State to go out en-masse on Election Day and exercise their franchise without any fear or apprehension as the Force and other security agencies are already on the ground to ensure a safe and conducive environment for the elections.