The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movements in and out of Anambra State from 11:59pm on Friday, 5th November 2021 to 11:59pm on Saturday, 6th November 2021.
The police boss noted that this was part of measures aimed at protecting the sanctity of the electoral process in the November 6, 2021, Anambra State governorship election.
The IGP explained that the restriction order became necessary following pointers from the Election Security Threats Assessments conducted by the force.
“It revealed a high likelihood of infiltration by criminally-minded individuals to Anambra State, before, during and after the polls.
“The measure would also avail security forces a firm grip of the State to checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts. It will also prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs throughout the period and beyond,” he said.
According to PM News, the IGP enjoined INEC officials, accredited observers and journalists, and other authorised officials to go about their lawful duties as they related to the elections, provided they observed all relevant rules including the visible display of their accreditation tags.
“Police officers and other security personnel deployed for the election would be appropriately supervised, to ensure that they carry out their responsibilities in the most humane, firm and professional manner especially to emergency service providers such as fire-fighters and ambulance services,” Baba stated.
He urged citizens particularly motorists and travellers who may want to use the routes within Anambra State during the period of the restrictions to seek alternatives and see the inconveniences as part of sacrifices toward the collective sustenance of our democracy.
“Voters should go out en-masse on Election Day and exercise their franchise without any fear or apprehension as the force and other security agencies are already on the ground to ensure a safe and conducive environment for the elections,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Command had earlier said that improperly identified vehicles in the state will be impounded ahead of the November 6 governorship election, noting that the violators will be subjected to the relevant laws.
Echeng Echeng, the Commissioner of Police in Anambra, revealed this in statement, signed by DSP Nkeiruka Nwode, Zone 13 PPRO/Head, Police Media Team For the election duty.