BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI, ABUJA.
The Police said yesterday that the order on restriction of movement of persons during Tuesday’s Governorship/State Houses of Assembly election will remain in force from 10pm on Monday April 25, 2011.
The Police enjoined Nigerians to be vigilant at all times particularly at voting arenas where objects such as Improvise Explosive Devices (IED) can be kept by criminal elements just to destabilize the smooth conduct of the election.
The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Olusola Amore, said, “For the purpose of implementation and enforcement, movement of persons or group of persons is hereby restricted from 10pm of Monday 25th April, 2011 to 6am of Tuesday 26th April, 2011; while there will be restriction of movement of persons from 8am to 6pm on Tuesday 26th April, 2011 during voting period”.
“This order is to enable all law enforcement agents monitor the activities of miscreants, thugs and other criminal elements who may plan to use the eve of the election day to perpetrate their evil acts as to disrupt the smooth conduct of the elections”.
“Persons on essential duties and INEC officials are exempted from this restriction order as they will be properly identified with their service identity cards”.
“The Nigeria Police is using this medium to warn youths to avoid being used by politicians who desperately want to win at all cost. The Police in collaboration with all other security and law enforcement agents are working together to ensure violence free and fair elections”.
“All eligible voters are advised to go out and cast their votes without fear of intimidating and molestation. They are also enjoined to leave the immediate voting vicinity and allow their various party agents to take the responsibility of protecting and watching all votes cast until they are duly counted and recorded by the INEC officials”.