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IGP Orders Vehicular Restriction During Polls

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali has ordered vehicular restrictions of non-essentials in Anambra ahead of the elections.

Akali, who said the restrictions was aimed at protecting the ingenuity of the governorship poll in Anambra state, has stated that all non-essential movements are to be stopped from 11:59 pm on Friday 5th November to 11: 59pm Saturday 6th November.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Thursday in Awka, stated that no vehicular movement would be allowed in and out of Anambra during the election period.

Mba also pinpointed that the restriction order was necessary following hints from the Election Security Threats Assessments conducted by the police.

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In his words, “The IGP noted that the measure would also help security forces a firm grip of the state to stop the movement of political thugs and touts, and prevent the circulation, free flow and use of illicit arms and hard drugs throughout the period and beyond”.

The IGP urged accredited observers and journalists, including other authorised officials, to go about their lawful duties related to the elections.

He also advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, journalists, and observers to observe their duties per the electoral process. He, however, warned that they must display their accreditation tags visibly at all times.

He also reiterated that all security personnel deployed for the election would be supervised to ensure they carry out their responsibilities appropriately and professionally, especially emergency service providers.

He calls on citizens in the State to go out en-masse and exercise their electoral duty without fear or apprehension as the Police and other security agencies are already on ground to ensure safe and violence-free elections.

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