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Nigeria Police Force Announces Movement Restrictions on Election Days

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Suleiman Abba

Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on Tuesday announced the institution of a nationwide restriction on vehicular movement on Saturday, March 28th and Saturday, April 11th respectively as part of efforts to ensure adequate security on both days.

According to Sahara Reporters, Abba revealed the news via a statement signed by Acting Commissioner,  Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Public Relations Officer of the force:

As part of efforts to ensure adequate security in the forthcoming general elections across all the Federation on Saturday 28th March, 2015 and 11th April, 2015, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, CFR, NPM, NPOM, mni has ordered the restriction on vehicular movements as follows:
(i) Saturday 28th March, 2015, 8.00am – 5.00pm only.
(ii) Saturday 11th April, 2015 8.00am – 5.00pm only

This total restriction of movements order applies to all, except for Ambulances, Fire service trucks and others on essential duties. Consequently, travelers and citizens who intend to use roads on these days and hours are advised to plan alternative times for their traveling.

While expressing his regrets over the inconveniences that road users and the general public may encounter as a result of this restriction, the IGP appeals for the understanding and cooperation of the entire citizenry, as the restriction is done in the nation’s interest.

The IGP assures that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere.  In this regard, Policemen for election duty have been properly trained, briefed and sensitized 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.

Meanwhile, citizens are enjoined to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate Police authority.

Ag. CP Emmanuel C. S. Ojukwu, psc

Force Public Relations Officer,

Force Headquarters,

Abuja

7 Comments

  1. NIRA

    March 25, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    What about those of us that have moved from the area where we were staying when we did the registration to another part of town?? We can’t drive over to cast our votes?? Does this also mean that people will stay at the polling booths till 5pm??

    • NagosBigBoi

      March 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      If you cannot walk to and from your polling unit…..you are out of luck. That is one of the reasons many people have not bothered to collect their cards; because they were not going to be able to walk to their old areas of abode.

    • Opsy

      March 25, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      It’s very inconvinient but if you can, please make your way to your polling station before 8am and if possible, please find somewhere around ( a friend’s place, a hotel or so.) there to go wait after casting your vote. I plan to do the same.

  2. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN. USA

    March 25, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    This is absolute madness. Who gave these boys scouts the power to restrict people’s movement nationwide on Election Day? No wonder members of the Nigerian police force were able to do whatever they like without any questions being asked by anybody. In all civilized countries, movements of people were not restricted durring election. People were allowed to vote before and after work. The Nigerian constitution did not give this much powers to the police. But if it does, members of the Nigerian parliament have more work to do. They need to deny the Nigerian police force of such powers period. Restricting people’s movement on any day is not good for the Nigerian economy as a whole. This crude means of doing business in this day and age is not good for NIgeria progress. We can do better than this. The more you know, a word is enough for the wise. I’ m just saying.

    • NagosBigBoi

      March 25, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      I hope you are not just ranting for effect but rather because you do not know the history behind it. This is the way we want it for now because it reduces rigging that has occured in the past with people carrying ballot boxes full of votes thumb printed for one candidate and replacing legitimate ballot boxes.

  3. http://xplorenollywood.blogspot.ccom

    March 25, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    #GBAM! We also don’t want people moving around and causing mayhem in mass. If u r not voting stay home and stick to BN or any site that tickles ur fancy or catch up on series and watch African magic. If u are n ur polling booth is far from where u currently stay pls stay @ a friends or a hotel. As youths we need to make sacrifices to see difference we dearly crave and if it means staying home and being inconvenienced then so be it.

  4. UrchDandata

    March 28, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Ganny Ogunshakin you dont as well reserve the right to call our dear security operatives derogatroy names, just because you want to express your heart felt disapproval. Our police is not Boys scout for your information. You have to be reserved in your comment in the use of words. Thank you.

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