LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba has directed that all motorized movements on land, sea, and other modes of transportation be prohibited on election day from 12am to 6 pm.
In a statement on 22 February, 2023, the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this disclosure.
Adejobi said: “In view of the 2023 general elections, the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 25, 2023 across all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, the IG, Usman Baba, has ordered a restriction of all forms of vehicular movements on roads, waterways, and other forms of transportation, from 12am to 6pm on election day with the exception of those on essential services such as INEC officials, electoral observers, ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters, etc.”
He stated that the directive was one of several steps taken to guarantee a safe, secure, and favourable atmosphere for the holding of elections.
In order to prevent hoodlums and other criminally inclined individuals from interfering with the electoral process, he stressed that it would ensure public order management, voter protection, and support security services in their effective policing.
Adejobi said: “Similarly, the IG sternly warns all security aides and escorts to desist from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election as anyone found flouting this directive will be severely sanctioned.
“He emphasises that only security personnel specifically assigned to election duties are to be seen within and around the designated election booths and centres.
“Also, the ban on the unauthorised use of sirens, revolving lights, covered number plates, and tinted glasses is still in force, and violators would be sanctioned appropriately.
“All state-established and owned security outfits/organisations, quasi-security units, and privately-owned guard and security outfits are also barred from participating in election security management.”
The IG advised the public to use their right to vote in a law-abiding manner and show up in large numbers..
Adejobi added: “He however warns that the NPF will deal decisively with any individual or group(s) that might want to test our common resolve and might to ensure a peaceful election.
“The IG, therefore, enjoins all citizens to shun vote-buying, vote-elling, hate speech, misinformation, and disinformation, snatching of ballot boxes, and other criminal act(s) as the Force and other security agencies will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all violators of extant laws, most especially the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended), are brought to book.”