The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has come up with measures to avert what he called “infiltration” of Edo State in the September 19 governorship election by political thugs and hoodlums from the contagious States to cause mayhem.
One of such measures as contained in a statement today, September 17 by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, is the restriction of vehicular movement from 11:59pm tomorrow, September 18 to 6pm on the election day, September 19.
The police boss was quoted as saying in the statement that the restriction order is informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs.
“It is also meant to checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts and other criminally-minded individuals, especially from contiguous States, from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.”
Mohammed Adamu asked citizens of the state to go out en-masse on the day of the election and vote, assuring that the Police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilized to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election.
The police boss, who regretted any inconveniences the restriction order might cause the citizens, he to the people to see it as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.
He warned that the Force will not sit idly-by and watch citizens who may want to engage in any criminal, violent and destructive acts, including snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, and other acts capable of compromising the electoral processes.