- Vehicular movement has been restricted in and out of Anambra ahead of the governorship election in the state
- The Nigeria Police Force says the measure is aimed at ensuring the integrity of the electoral process is intact
- INEC officials, accredited observers and journalists, and other authorized officials were also encouraged to go about their lawful duties
Awka - The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in and out of Anambra state from 11:59 PM on Friday, November 5 to 11:59 PM on Saturday, November 6.
The police spokesman, CP Frank Mba announced the security measure at a press briefing in Awka attended by a Legit.ng reporter.
Mba said the order was given by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, as part of measures to protect the sanctity of the electoral process.
He said the restriction order has become necessary following pointers from the Election Security Threats Assessments conducted by the force which indicate a high likelihood of infiltration by criminally-minded individuals to Anambra state, before, during, and after the polls.
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He noted that the measure would also avail security forces a firm grip of the state to checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts and prevent the free flow, circulation, and use of illicit arms and hard drugs throughout the period and beyond.
IGP assures of hitch-free governorship election in Anambra
Earlier IGP Baba vowed that the Nigeria Police Force and other sister agencies would see to the success of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state.
He added that the police will allow citizens to exercise their franchise without molestation by any group of people.
Police suffer more losses in Anambra ahead of polls
The unidentified armed men opened fire on police operatives at Oraifite community in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state.
The attack which occurred in the early hours of the day, has heightened anxiety among security personnel on election duty and residents of the state.