In a recent statement made by Mr Kayode Egbetokun, the Police Inspector-General, it was declared that a restriction on movement would be imposed in 26 states of the federation. This measure has been implemented to prepare for the forthcoming re-run and by-elections scheduled for Saturday.
The Police Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced the news from Abuja on Thursday, stating that the imposed restrictions encompass all modes of transportation, including road, aquatic, and others.
Egbetokun stated that the temporary halt on movement will commence from midnight to 6 p.m. on the day of the election in all participating states.
However, the exceptions to the rule include those people involved in critical services such as INEC officials, electoral observers, accredited media personnel, both international and local observers, ambulances attending to emergency medical situations, and fire services personnel.
Additionally, Egbetokun has sanctioned an interdiction on all security personnel assigned to VIPs and escorts from accompanying their charges and political figures to polling stations and vote collection centres during the electoral process.
This directive is aimed at preserving the credibility of the election and ensuring equitable participation for all citizens in the concerned states, according to the police chief.