The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Abba Suleiman, has ordered a restriction of vehicular movement throughout Nigeria from 8am to 5pm on Saturday, April 11, to enhance safety and security in the gubernatorial and State legislature elections. The Federal Capital Territory is unaffected, as there is no election taking place there.
A statement by police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said the restriction excludes vehicles on essential duty such as Fire Service, Ambulances and vehicles used by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and law enforcement/security agencies.
In another statement, Mr. Ojukwu said the IGP has also deployed Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to supervise the elections. This is in addition to the earlier deployment of six Deputy Inspector-General of Police to coordinate Police activities in the six geo-political zones.
The affected officers are as follows:
USMAN A. GWARY
MBU J. MBU
PATRICK DEY DOKUMOR
TAMBARI Y. MUHAMMED
MOHAMMED JINJIRI ABUBAKAR
IKEMEFUNA R. OKOYE
JUBRIL O. ADENIJI
BABA ADISA BOLANTA
AKWA IBOM STATE
BALLAH M. NASARAWA
MUSA ABDULSALAM DAURA
ADERELE T. SHINABA
BALA A. HASSAN
Also redeployed for election duties are the following police commissioners: Anambra State: CP Sam Okaula; Ekiti State: CP E. J. Ibine; Enugu State: CP Adamu Mohammed; and Osun State: CP Valentine Ntomchukwu.
“Also, the IGP has deployed a Commissioner of Police to command each of the Senatorial Zones of the following States; Gombe, Bauchi, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Benue, Edo, Plateau and Sokoto,” the spokesman said.
For highly-troubled Rivers State, he said the following Special Units of the Nigeria Police Force have been deployed: 32 Units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), 4 Units of Counter terrorism Units (CTU), 4 Units of Special Protection Units (SPU) and 6 Crack Teams of Detectives from Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) and complements of Intelligence officers.
“The IGP assures that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere,” Mr. Ojukwu said. “ In this regard, Policemen for election duty have been properly briefed on their roles as stipulated in the Electoral Act. They are expected to be professional, non-partisan, civil but firm in their approach and relation to the public.”
The police urged all Nigerians to be vigilant and to report all suspicious movements or activities.