As part of efforts to ensure adequate security in the forthcoming general elections across the nation on Saturday 28th March, 2015 and Saturday, 11th April, 2015, the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered restriction on vehicular movements as follows on the days of the elections.
On Saturday, 28th March, 2015, the day fixed for the presidential and National Assembly election, there will be restriction of vehicular movement between 8.00am and 5.00pm. Similarly on Saturday, 11th April, 2015 when Nigerians will go to the polls to elect governors and members of the states’ Houses of Assembly, another restriction of vehicular movement betwee 8.00am and 5.00pm has been declared.
According to a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 by the Force Public Relation Officer (FPRO), acting Commissioner of Police Emmanuel Ojukwu, “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”.
While expressing his regrets over the inconveniences that road users and the general public may encounter as a result of this restriction, the IGP appealed for the understanding and cooperation of the entire citizenry, as the restriction is done in the nation’s interest.
The IGP assured that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere.
“In this regard, policemen for election duty have been properly trained, briefed and sensitized on 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,” the statement said.
Abba also enjoined Nigerians to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate police authority.