IGP ORDERS STRINGENT SECURITY MEASURES FOR UPCOMING ELECTIONS AND SWIFT RESPONSE TO RECENT SECURITY INCIDENTS
In a decisive move aimed at ensuring a smooth electoral process, Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, has issued strict directives for the forthcoming run-off and bye-elections across 26 states.
The IGP ordered a comprehensive vehicular movement restriction from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. on election day in the affected states. Notably, exceptions will be made for essential services, including INEC officials, accredited media, and medical emergency responders. The affected states encompass Ebonyi, Yobe, Kebbi, Lagos, and others.
Furthermore, the IGP imposed a ban on security aides accompanying VIPs to polling booths, emphasizing the importance of preventing undue interference during the electoral process. State-owned security outfits and private security organizations are also prohibited from participating in election security management.
These measures, designed to ensure electoral integrity and equal participation, underscore the commitment of the Police Force to fostering a secure and democratic society. The IGP urges political parties and supporters to adhere to electoral laws, warning of legal consequences for disruptions.
Additionally, the IGP condemned recent security incidents, including the killing of two traditional rulers in Ekiti State and the abduction of school pupils and teachers in Emure-Ekiti. Immediate actions have been taken, with AIG Abiodun Asabi deployed to Zone 17 Akure for a coordinated security response.
Thirteen suspects have been arrested in connection with the incidents, and the IGP reassures the public that justice will be served. Citizens are urged to remain calm, vigilant, and cooperative as efforts are made to restore peace and security to the affected areas.
For any information related to the electoral process or security concerns, the public is encouraged to contact the designated phone numbers and email provided by the Police.