The inspector-general of police, Usman Baba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement during the governorship and house of assembly elections on Saturday.
Force spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Thursday, said the restriction would take effect from 12 am to 6 pm. In the statement, Adejobi said the federal capital territory (FCT) is excluded from this directive as no election will occur in the country’s capital.
The force spokesperson said officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), observers, and other persons carrying out essential services are excluded from the restriction.
“Similarly, the IGP reiterates the ban on all security aides to VIPs and escorts from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election.
“State-established and owned security outfits/organizations, quasi-security units, and privately-owned guard and security outfits are also barred from participating in election security management.”
“The Inspector General of Police, therefore, urges all citizens to be law-abiding during and after the elections even as he assures that all necessary security arrangements have been emplaced to ensure they exercise their franchise unhindered,” the statement partly read.
On Saturday, Nigerians will head to the polls to elect new governors and houses of assembly members in 28 states across the federation.