DIRECTS ENFORCEMENT OF MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS, BAN ON VIP AIDES, ESCORTS, STATE SECURITY OUTFITS

By Vincess Okushi

Ahead of the February 3rd bye-elections, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, P.h.D. has ordered massive deployment of personnel and directed that all forms of vehicular movement on roads, waterways, and other forms of transportation should be restricted between 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. on election day in all states where elections will be conducted except those on essential services such as INEC officials, electoral observers, accredited media and observers both foreign and domestic, ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters among others.

Giving a breakdown of the affected states in a statement by ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja 1st February 2024, said citizens in Ebonyi, Yobe, Kebbi, Lagos, Ondo, Taraba, Benue, Borno, Kaduna, Plateau, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Delta, Enugu, Jigawa, Katsina, Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Kano, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Sokoto, and Zamfara are to strictly comply with the directive of the IGP to ensure law and order during and after the elections.

The IGP has also ordered a ban on all security aides to VIPs and escorts from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centers during the election. State-established and owned security outfits and organizations, quasi-security units, and privately owned guard and security outfits are also barred from participating in election security management.

The movement restrictions, including the ban on VIP aides, escorts, and state security outfits, are crucial measures aimed at preventing any undue interference or intimidation during the electoral process. The IGP emphasizes that these restrictions are implemented to safeguard the integrity of the elections and guarantee equal participation for all citizens of the affected states.

The IGP urges political parties, candidates, and their supporters to conduct themselves responsibly and under the electoral laws, as any attempt to disrupt the electoral process or violate the established guidelines will be met with the full force of the law.

Muyiwa also added that,

The Inspector General of Police reiterates the commitment of the Force to fostering a secure and democratic society, and therefore encourages citizens to report any suspicious activities or incidents that may undermine the electoral process to the appropriate authorities via the following phone numbers; 08034040439 (CP Elections); 08031230631 (Toll-Free); 08057000001, 08057000002 (Complaint Response Unit); @ngpolice (Facebook); @PoliceNG (X); pressforabuja@police.gov.ng (e-mail).

The IGP expresses confidence that, through collective efforts, the upcoming run-off and bye-elections will be conducted peacefully, transparently, and in line with the principles of democracy.

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