Bayelsa Polls: Police restrict movement, bar security aides on election day


Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

…orders intra-city restriction of movement in Kogi state
…bars security aides from accompanying principals on election day

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase
Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

In furtherance of strategies designed to prevent electoral fraud and violence, thus ensuring a hitch-free governorship election in Bayelsa State, and supplementary election in Kogi State billed to take place on Saturday, December 5, 2015, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has placed an order restricting movement within the boundaries of Bayelsa State with effect from 6:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday, 5th December, 2015.

On Kogi State supplementary election, the IGP has also directed intra-city restriction of vehicular movement, in areas where supplementary election will be conducted from 6.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday. However, persons on essential duties such as Ambulance service providers, INEC officials on-duty, security men, accredited election monitors/observers, accredited journalists, etc are not affected by this order.

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While imploring the general public for their understanding and cooperation towards the enforcement of this order, the Force notes that the order is informed by the need to forestall plans by criminal elements to undermine the electoral process as gathered through intelligence reports.

“The Nigeria Police Force advises that travellers should take advantage of alternative routes to their destinations where necessary within the hours of this restriction of vehicular movement on Saturday 5th December, 2015, as Police, complemented by the military and other security agents on duty at strategic points will subject motorists and other travellers plying the affected routes to civil and meticulous security search,” a statement by Olabisi Kolawole, Force PRO read.

The IGP, while assuring all law-abiding electorate of a secure and enabling environment to exercise their franchise, warns all security details to refrain from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election, as only security personnel specially assigned for election duties must be seen within and around the election designated places.

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