In preparation for the Saturday governorship election in Anambra state, it has been reported that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered vehicular restriction in the state with effect from 11:59pm on Friday to 11:59pm on Saturday.
He reportedly disclosed this in a statement on Thursday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, titled, ‘Anambra elections: IGP orders restriction of vehicular movement.’
The statement read that, “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.”
Baba reportedly noted that the measure would also give security forces a firm grip of 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.
The IGP also urged 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.”
The statement maintained that, “Baba called on citizens in the state to go out en-masse on the election day and exercise their franchise without any fear or apprehension as the force and other security agencies are already on ground to ensure a safe and conducive environment for the elections.”