#EdoDecides2020: Police Orders 12-Hour Vehicular Restrictions In Edo
There will be no vehicular movement from 11:59 pm on Friday to 6 pm on Saturday in Edo, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has ordered.
The restriction was aimed at ensuring public order and safety during Saturday’s governorship elections in the state.
Police spokesman, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), in the statement noted that the order followed the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs.
He noted that it will also help to checkmate the movement of political thugs, touts and other criminally-minded individuals especially from contiguous states who may want to hijack and disrupt the electoral process.
Mba conveyed that the IG enjoined citizens to go out en-masse on the day of the election and vote, noting that the police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilised to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election.
“While regretting any inconveniences the restriction order may cause the citizens, the IG enjoins the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.
“He however warns that the Force will not sit idly-by and watch citizens who may want to engage in any criminal act- violent and destructive acts, snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, and other act(s) capable of compromising the electoral processes,” said Mba.