2023 Elections: Zamfara Police Restrict Movement On Election Day

….Reaffirms ban on VIP Aides, Escorts

…enjoins citizens to be law-abiding and to shun all violent activities before, during, and after the elections.

The Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, CP Kolo Yusuf, in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has enforced movement restrictions in Zamfara State on election day.

A statement signed by the Zamfara State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, said that the restriction of movement of persons and vehicles will commence from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2023, except for essential services such as INEC officials, electoral observers, ambulances responding to medical emergencies, and firefighters, among others.

The statement read, “Security aides and escorts are also barred from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centers during the election, as anyone found disobeying this order will be severely sanctioned.”

“Also, the ban on the unauthorized 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 of the 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 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 to make the elections peaceful and successful.”

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