…exempt WAEC staff, invigilators, students
BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI
The Nigeria Police yesterday announced that the order on restriction of movement of persons during the rescheduled Governorship/State Houses of Assembly elections in Bauchi and Kaduna States will remain in force and commence from 10pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
“For the purpose of enforcement, movement of persons or group of persons is hereby restricted from 10pm of Wednesday, April 27, 2011 to 6am of Thursday 28th April, 2011, while there will be restriction of movement of persons from 8am to 6pm on Thursday, April 28, 2011, during voting period,” the Police said.
A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Olusola Amore, read: “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 nefarious acts so as to disrupt the smooth conduct of the elections in these states.
“Persons on essential duties and INEC officials are exempted from this restriction order as they will be properly identified with their service identity cards. Also exempted are WAEC staff, invigilators, and participating students in the WAEC Mathematics examination slated for Thursday, April 28, 2011.
“Voters in these states are enjoined to be vigilant at all times, particularly at voting arena where objects such as Improvise Explosive Devices, IED, can be kept by criminal elements just to destabilize the smooth conduct of the elections.”
“The Nigeria Police is using this medium to warn persons that are not involved or connected with the elections in these states to stay clear or risk being arrested and prosecuted.
“All eligible voters in these two states are advised to go out and cast their votes without fear of intimidating and molestation as their safety is guaranteed.
“They are to leave the immediate voting vicinity and allow their various party agents to assume the responsibility of watching all voting proceedings until votes cast are duly counted and recorded by the INEC officials.”