From Our Correspondents
In view of the Gubernatorial and States Assembly elections slated to take place tomorrow Saturday, 18th of March 2023, the Ogun state Police Command wishes to inform the general public that there is going to be restriction of human and vehicular movements on the roads and waterways across the state, starting from 12 midnight to 6 pm of 18th of March 2023.
The restriction of movement is in line with the directives of Inspector General of Police, Usman Alikali Baba which is aimed at ensuring peaceful conduct of the election.
In the same vein, security aides attached to public office holders are not allowed to escort their principals to polling stations and collation centers armed, and no state-owned security outfit will be allowed to participate in providing security during the conduct of the election.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Frank Mba has enjoined the law-abiding citizens of the state to go out en mass and cast their vote for the candidate of their choice, as robust security arrangement has been put in place to ensure that the election is conducted under a very peaceful atmosphere.
The CP also warned party supporters to desist from any act capable of disrupting the free conduct of the poll, as the Police and other security agencies are fully ready to deal decisively with any troublemaker no matter how highly place such person may be.
Citizens are equally urged to contact the joint operation room through any of the following numbers if anything capable of disrupting the election is noticed in their areas. The numbers are: 08162435473
09133828725, 09153993019, 09010483704.
Spokesman of the command, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi issued the statement.
Lagos, Police Announces Restriction Of Movements
Restriction of movements for tomorrow March 18, 2023, has been announced by Lagos State police command, Zamfara and Benue states police commands respectively.
In Lagos the said, ‘,in line with the security architecture emplaced for the 2023 General Elections, human and vehicular movements will be restricted on Saturday, March 18, 2023 between 0000hrs and 1800hrs across all roads, waterways and airways in Lagos State.
In the same vein, security aides of public and private individuals, who have already been scaled down in accordance with the Electoral Act 2022, are not allowed to escort their principals to polling units and collation centers armed.
Except for essential duty vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, patrol vehicles of Federal Government security agencies, the use of sirens at or around polling units and collation centres is totally banned. In line with the Electoral Act 2022, no state-owned security agency is part of election security. Violators will be apprehended and prosecuted. Exempted from the movement restriction are essential workers, INEC officials and election observers.
Spokesman of the command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin encouraged the public to be law-abiding as they exercise their franchise.
They are equally urged to promptly contact the police on any of the following numbers to report suspicious persons or activities around them: 08127155132, 08065154338, 08063299264, 0803934487
Benue State Police Restrict Movements On Saturday 18th March
In compliance with the Inspector General of Police directives, the Commissioner of Police, Benue State Police Command, CP. Wale Abass has ordered the restriction of all vehicular movements on roads from 12 am to 6 pm on 18/03/2023 with the exceptions of those on essential services such as Electoral Observers, accredited media, ambulances, firefighters, etc. This step taken is to ensure public order management, and the safety of electorates as well as assist the security agencies with effective policing and to deter miscreants from disrupting the electoral process.
In the same vein, all security aides to VIPs and escorts are banned from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling units and collation centres during the Elections. State-established and private security units, Quasi security outfits are also banned from participating in election security management.
While empathizing with well-meaning citizens on the inconveniences the restriction may cause, the CP urges all active electorates to be law-abiding and turn out en mass to exercise their franchise. He however warns that the Command will deal decisively with persons who will choose to engage in any form of malpractice and violence.
The following emergency number will be available to members of the public throughout the election period: 0806 600 6475, 0708 325 0154, 0805 749 3117, 0706 737 4913
Spokesperson of the command, SP. ANENE SEWUESE CATHERINE issued the statement.
Zamfara Police Restricts Movement On Saturday 18th March
In view of the Forthcoming 2023 Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections Scheduled to hold on Saturday 18th March, 2023 across the 14 LGAs of Zmfara State. The Commissioner of Police Zamfara State Command, CP Kolo Yusuf psc, has reiterated the commitment and determination of the Police and other Security Agencis to enforce order of restriction of movement directed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc(+), NPM, NEAPS, fdc, CFR on Election day.
Accordingly, the restriction of movement of persons and vehicles will commence from 12 am to 6 pm of Saturday 18th March, 2023, with the exception of essential services such as INEC Officials, Electoral Observers, Ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters, among others.
Security aides and escorts are also barred from accompanying their principals and Politicians to Polling booths and collation centres during the election, as anyone found disobeying this order will be severely sanctioned. Also, the ban on the unauthorised use of sirens, revolving lights, covered number plates and tinted glasses is still in force, and violators will be sanctioned appropriately. In the same vein, the Command is also reminding the general public on IGP’s order banning all Quasi Security Outfits from participating in election security management.
The Police and other security Agencies will be conducting robust and joint confidence-building patrols to ensure compliance with this order as well as to ensure a hitch-free election exercise. The Command has also made adequate arrangements to provide watertight security to all INEC facilities, INEC Officials, and other vulnerable infrastructures domiciled within the state.
The Command, therefore, appeals for continuous support and partnership from the general public in order to make the elections peaceful and successful.
Spokesman SP Mohammed Shehu issued the statement
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