Edo 2020: IGP Orders Restriction Of Vehicular Movement, Assure Voters Of Adequate Security

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Barely two days to the Edo state governorship elections, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in the State.

This was made known in a statement issued on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.

According to the statement, the vehicular movement restriction would commence from 11:59 p.m on Friday to 6.00 p.m on Saturday.

Mba disclosed that the order was part of the efforts by the police to ensure orderliness and safety during the election.

He said the restriction was informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation, and use of illicit arms and hard drugs during the election.

The police spokesperson added that it was also to checkmate the movement of political thugs and other criminally minded individuals from contiguous states from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.

He regretted any inconveniences the restriction order would cause the citizens while urging them to see the restriction as part of the necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.

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The statement in part: “In line with concerted efforts at ensuring public order and safety, during the forthcoming Edo Gubernatorial election slated to hold on Saturday, 19th September, 2020, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 11:59 PM on Friday, 18th September, 2020 – 6pm on Saturday, 19th September, 2020.

“The IGP notes that the restriction order is informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation, and use of illicit arms and hard drugs and checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts and other criminally-minded individuals especially from contiguous States from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.

“He enjoins citizens to go out en-masse on the day of the election and vote, noting that the Police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilized to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election.

“While regretting any inconveniences the restriction order may cause the citizens, the IGP enjoins the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy. He however warns that the Force will not sit idly by and watch citizens who may want to engage in any criminal act – violent and destructive acts, snatching of ballot boxes, vote-buying, vote-selling, hate speeches, and other act(s) capable of compromising the electoral processes.”

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