The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in and out of Anambra State ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
The restriction has been slated to start from 11:59pm on Friday till 11:59pm on Saturday.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Thursday.
The statement read: “As part of measures aimed at protecting the sanctity of the electoral process in the November 6, 2021, Anambra State gubernatorial elections, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in and out of Anambra State from 11:59pm on Friday, November 5 to 11:59pm on Saturday, November 6, 2021.
“The IGP noted that the restriction order has become necessary following pointers from the Election Security Threats Assessments conducted by the force which indicate a high likelihood of infiltration by criminally-minded individuals to Anambra State, before, during and after the polls.”
According to the statement, IGP Baba further noted that the measure would also give security forces a firm grip on the state to checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts, and prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs throughout the period and beyond.
He enjoined electoral officials, accredited observers and journalists, and other authorised officials to go about their lawful duties during the poll “provided they observe all relevant rules guiding their deployment including the visible display of their accreditation tags”.