The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, has ordered restriction of vehicular movement between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 28 and April 11 general elections. This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Force Public Relations Officer. “This total restriction of movements order applies to all, except for Ambulances, Fire Service trucks and others on essential duties.
“Consequently, travellers and citizens who intend to use roads on these days and hours are advised to plan alternative times for their travelling,’’ the statement said. It expressed regret over the inconveniences road users would face but appealed for understanding as the measure was taken in the interest of the nation. The statement assured that adequate security logistics and manpower had been strategically deployed to achieve a ‘’most conducive elections atmosphere’’.
“In this regard policemen for election duty have been properly trained, briefed and sensitized to their roles as stipulated in the Electoral Act. “They are expected to be professional, non-partisan, civil but firm in their approach and relation to the public,’’ it said.