- The popular Aba Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers state would be shut to traffic by the police
- The Rivers state police spokesperson said the decision follows the collation of the gubernatorial election in the state which is scheduled to begin in the state on Tuesday, April 2
- Nnamdi Omoni said the police have also deployed personnel following a meeting between the state Police Commissioner and the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES)
The Rivers Police Command on Monday said it has commenced the deployment of personnel to strategic areas and collation centres for election results collation scheduled to begin in the state on Tuesday, April 2.
The Command’s Spokesman, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, made this known in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday, April 1.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on March 21, announced the resumption of collation and announcement of results in the state between April 2 and April 5.
According to Omoni, the decision to deploy personnel was reached following a meeting between the state Police Commissioner and the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).
“ICCES agreed to put in place adequate security measures to ensure that the entire process is transparent and seamlessly carried out.
“Part of the security measures that were agreed include massive deployment of police personnel and other sister security agencies to the venue and the outer perimeter of collation centres.
Omoni said that Waterlines and GRA junction axis of Port Harcourt/Aba Express Road, would be shut to traffic during the duration of the exercise.
He said that both lanes of the road would be closed to motorists, advising road users to divert to Olu Obansanjo and Polo Club Roads.
“The police note with concern the temporary hardship the closure will cause. We appeal to the public to show understanding and bear with us.
“The closure is done in the overall interest of the public, as well as to provide a conducive atmosphere for the collation.
“Politicians, candidates and indeed unauthorised persons, are warned to stay clear from the collation centres,” he said.
The police spokesperson warned that any individual or group seen undermining the process would be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the Electoral Act.
Omoni solicited for the cooperation and support of the public towards a successful conduct of the exercise.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will not be conducting fresh governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers state.
The electoral umpire made the disclosure at a meeting held at an event centre, located along Eastern Bye-Pass, Port Harcourt, Leadership reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the INEC national commissioner in charge of Bayelsa, Rivers and Edo states, May Agbamuche-Mbu, said the objective of the meeting was to brief stakeholders on the activities and schedule of the collation by the electoral body.
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