EDO 2020: IGP ORDERS RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT
Ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial elections in Edo State, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the restriction of Movement into the State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, announced this in a statement on Friday, September 18, 2020.
Mba said the restriction is meant to prevent the influx of political thugs, illixit arms, and hard drugs into the State.
He said the vehicular restriction would take effect from 11:59PM on Friday, 18 September, 2020 to 6pm on Saturday, 19 September, 2020.
“The IGP notes that the restriction order is informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs and checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts and other criminally-minded individuals especially from contiguous states from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.
“He enjoins citizens to go out en-masse on the day of the election and vote, noting that the police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilized to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election,” Mba said.
He said the IGP admonished residents to abide by the restrictions and see it as a sacrifice to ensuring a violence-free election.
The IGP also warned that the police will not condone any criminal and violent act during and after the election.
He said, “While regretting any inconveniences the restriction order may cause the citizens, the IGP enjoins the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.
“He, however, warns that the Force will not sit idly-by and watch citizens who may want to engage in any criminal act - violent and destructive acts, snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, and other act(s) capable of compromising the electoral processes.”