Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police in Anambra, has placed a limit on vehicular movement in the state ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
According to an IGP statement issued on Thursday, the ban is part of measures aimed at maintaining the legitimacy of the November 6 election.
The notification stated that there would be no vehicle movement into or out of Anambra State from 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 5 to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 6.
“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,” the statement read.
“The IGP further noted that the measure would also avail 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.”
He also urged INEC personnel, accredited observers and journalists, and other authorized officials to carry out their legitimate tasks in connection with the elections, providing they follow all relevant laws governing their deployment, including the visible display of their accreditation badges.
This is despite the police chief’s assurance that police officers and other security personnel deployed for the election will be appropriately supervised to ensure they carry out their responsibilities in the most humane, firm, and professional manner possible, particularly with regard to emergency service providers such as fire fighters and ambulance services.
Baba implored individuals, particularly motorists and travellers, who may wish to use the routes within Anambra State during the restrictions to seek alternative route and view the inconveniences as part of the collective sustenance of our democracy.
While noting that the Force and other security agencies are already on the ground to guarantee a secure and conducive atmosphere for the elections, the IGP urged residents of the state to turn out in large numbers on Election Day and exercise their franchise without fear or worry.