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IGP orders movement restriction, assures on voters’ security


Less than 24 hours before the rescheduled March 18, 2023 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has announced total restriction of movement during the exercise.

The IGP said the restriction of movement would start from 12:00a.m to 6:00 p.m on Saturday when the governorship and state assembly elections would be conducted.

He also ordered quasi-security outfits nationwide not to interfere in matters concerning the elections, and also banned security aides attached to VIPs from accompanying them to polling units.

The IGP issued the directive in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police.

He said the restriction would be observed in all states where elections would be observed.

However, the IGP said the restriction would not affect those on essential duty services such as INEC officials, election observers, accredited journalists, ambulances, and firefighters.

He urged citizens to be law-abiding during and after the elections.

The IGP assured that necessary security arrangements had been made to enable the electorate to exercise their franchise unlimited.

Adejobi urged the public to contact the Force Headquarters via 08033440189 (DIG Operations), 08033027731 (AIG FEDOPS), and 08034040439 (CP Elections).