The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, has ordered restriction of vehicular movement in the 36 states, from 8a.m. to 5p.m. for the governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, on Thursday in Abuja.
The statement explained that the measure was to ensure safety and security during the polls.
“There is no restriction of vehicular movement in the Federal Capital Territory as there is no election taking place there on the said date,’’ the statement said.
It added that the restriction excluded “vehicles on essential duty such as Fire Service, ambulances and vehicles used by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and law enforcement/security agencies.’’
The statement assured that adequate security logistics and manpower had been strategically deployed to achieve conducive atmosphere for the polls.
It said that policemen on election duty had been properly briefed on their roles as stipulated in the Electoral Act.
“They are expected to be professional, non-partisan, civil but firm in their approach and relation to the public.’’
It called on the citizens to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate police authority.