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) Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movements from 11:59PM on Friday, 18th September, 2020 to 6pm on Saturday, 19th September, 2020.
According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP noted that the restriction order was informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs.
He saud it was also intended to check the movements of political thugs and touts and other criminally-minded individuals especially from contiguous States from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.
He said the IGP enjoined citizens to go out en-masse on the day of the election to vote, noting that the Police and other security agencies had been sufficiently mobilized to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election.
While regretting any inconveniences the restriction order might cause the citizens, the IGP enjoined the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.
He however warned that the Force would not sit idly-by and watch citizens 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.