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Nigeria Police Order movement restrictions on election day, ban VIP escorts

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The Nigeria Police Force has ordered the total restrictions of all vehicular movements across Nigeria on February 25, from 12:00am to 6:00pm

In a statement on Wednesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said that the  restrictions order given by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba would be observed across the country with INEC officials, electoral observers, ambulances responding to medical emergencies and firefighters exempted.

He said; “Consequent to the first part of the 2023 general elections, the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 25, 2023, across all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, the IG, Usman Baba has ordered a restriction of all forms of vehicular movement on roads, waterways, and other forms of transportation, from 12 am to 6 pm on election day with the exception of those on essential services such as INEC officials, electoral observers, ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters etc.

Only security personnel specifically assigned to election duties are to be seen within and around the designated election booths and centers. Also, the ban on the unauthorized use of sirens, revolving lights, covered number plates and tinted glasses is still in force.”  

He further explained that the order is necessary to ensure a secure environment to conduct the 2023 elections. According to him, anyone found disobeying this order will be sanctioned, adding that “violators would be sanctioned appropriately. All state established and owned security outfits, organisations, quasi-security units and privately-owned guards and security outfits are also barred from participating in election security management”

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