By EmmaNnadozie,  Crime Editor
THE Police authorities in Abuja, yesterday, said the order on restriction of movement of persons during the 2011 April general elections will effectively remain in force for Governorship/State Houses of Assembly election scheduled for tomorrow.

Spokesman for the Force, DCP Olusola Amore, said in a statement that the movement of persons or group of persons was restricted from 10 p.m. of Monday, April 25, 2011 to 6 a.m. of Tuesday, April 26, 2011; while there will be restriction of movement of persons from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 during voting period.

According to him, “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.”

“Nigerians are also enjoined 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 Nigeria Police is using this medium to warn youths to avoid being used by politicians who desperately wanted 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 intimidation 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”, he stated.


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