March 30, 2023

2023 Gubernatorial/State Assembly Elections: IGP Orders Restriction Of Movement On Election Day

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… reiterates the ban on VIP Aides, Escorts, State Security outfits

….Urges Citizens to be Law Abiding, Assures of Unhindered Exercise of Franchise

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the restriction of all forms of vehicular movement on roads, waterways, and other forms of transportation from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. on election day in all states where elections will be conducted, with the exception of those on essential services such as INEC officials, Electoral Observers, accredited media and observers, ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters, etc., in the sequel to the forthcoming governorship election.

According to a press release on Thursday, March 16, 2023, signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the directive excludes the Federal Capital Territory as no election is being conducted there.

Similarly, the IGP reiterates the ban on all security aides to VIPs and escorts accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and counting centers during the election. State-established and owned security outfits and organizations, quasi-security units, and privately owned guard and security outfits are also barred from participating in election security management.

The Inspector General of Police urged all citizens to be law-abiding during and after the elections, even as he assured that all necessary security arrangements have been put in place to ensure they exercise their franchise unhindered.

He also urges the general public to contact the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters via 08033440189 (DIG Operations), 08033027731 (AIG FEDOPS), and 08034040439 (CP Elections), the ‘NPF Rescue Me App’ on Android and iOS, and the NPF Rescue Me Emergency Toll-free Line” on 08031230631, to request an emergency security response. Similarly, other election situation room numbers that have been shared on Nigeria Police social media platforms will be repeatedly released by concerned State Police Commands for necessary emergency contact.

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