Author: Ifeoluwa Akinola
this Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba restricted the movement of vehicles on roads, waterways and other means of transport except in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abu Dhabi between 12am and 6pm on Saturday. In 18 ballots conducted by all 36 states except Jia.
A statement issued by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer and Commissioner of Police (CSP), noted that those performing essential services such as INEC officers, election observers, accredited media and observers, ambulances and firefighters responding to medical emergencies , among others, are exempted.
The statement also revealed that FCT was excluded as elections would not be held in the National Capital Territory.
The IGP also banned all security aides from VIPs and escorts who accompanied their principals and politicians to polling stations and counting centers during elections.
He also stressed that private security agencies and state-established security agencies should not be near election sites.
The statement is as follows:
“State-established and owned security agencies and organizations, quasi-security units, and privately owned guard and security agencies are also prohibited from participating in election security management.
“The Inspector-General of Police therefore urges all citizens to abide by the law during and after the election, while he assured that all necessary security measures have been taken to ensure their unimpeded exercise of voting rights,” it said.
It also urges the public to contact the Nigerian Police Headquarters Me Emergency toll free 08031230631 via 08033440189, 08033027731 (AIG FEDOPS) and 08034040439 (CP Elections), “NPF Rescue Me App” on Android and ios, and NPF Rescue for emergency safety requests response.
“Similarly, other election situation room numbers shared on Nigerian Police social media platforms will be repeatedly issued by the concerned State Police Commands to allow for necessary emergency contacts,” it said.