In preparation for the forthcoming governorship elections slated for November 11, 2023, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has announced stringent vehicular movement restrictions in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states.
The aim is to ensure public order management and the safety of voters during the crucial electoral exercise.
Speaking at a press conference held in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi, elaborated on the restrictions, emphasizing their importance in maintaining a secure and conducive environment for the electoral process.
“The IGP has issued an order to restrict all forms of vehicular movement on roads, waterways, and other transportation means from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of the election in the aforementioned states,” Adejobi stated.
This restriction, which comes into effect on Saturday, November 11, 2023, will be enforced rigorously to ensure the smooth conduct of the elections and safeguard the interests of the electorate. The decision was made in consideration of the need to minimize disruptions, maintain law and order, and prevent any potential security threats that could arise during the election.
The police spokesperson noted that while the restrictions are comprehensive, there will be exemptions for essential services to ensure that critical operations are not impeded.
Entities exempted from the vehicular movement restrictions include Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, accredited electoral observers, ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters, and media personnel.
These exceptions have been made to guarantee that the electoral process runs efficiently, and emergency services remain accessible throughout the day.
In conclusion, the IGP’s decision to impose vehicular movement restrictions underscores the commitment of the Nigerian Police Force to maintaining a secure and peaceful environment for the governorship elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states. It is expected that these measures will contribute to the successful conduct of the elections and the safety of all stakeholders involved.
As the election date approaches, voters, political candidates, and the general public are encouraged to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and adhere to these restrictions in the interest of a free, fair, and peaceful electoral process.