To ensure a hitch free Governorship poll in Edo State, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 11:59PM on Friday, 18th September, 2020 to 6pm on Saturday, 19th September, 2020.
The IGP in a statement issued in Abuja said the restriction order is informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs
The Police Chief added that the restriction will be enforced to checkmate the movement of political thugs, touts and other criminally-minded individuals especially from contiguous States from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.
The IGP in a statement signed by DCP Frank Mba the Force Image Maker 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.
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.
While regretting any inconveniences the restriction order may cause the citizens, the IGP urged the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.