The Sokoto State Police Command has ordered restrictions on all vehicular movements on the state roads during the Saturday governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Sanusi Abubakar, and made available to newsmen in the state on Friday.
Sanusi noted that the newly posted Commissioner of Police in charge of Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the state, CP Shettima Zanna, in line with the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, had ordered the restriction on all vehicular movements on roads from 12am on Friday to 6pm on the election day in the state with the exceptions of vehicles conveying persons on essential services, such as electoral observers, accredited media, ambulances, and firefighters, etc.
“In the same vein, all security aides attached to VIPs and escorts are banned from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling units and collation centres during the elections.
“State-established and private security units, Quasi security outfits are also banned from participating in election security management.”
The statement further said, “Members of the public are to adhere strictly with the restriction order and any person or group of persons that attempt to test our will by engaging in political violence or violating this order will be dealt with decisively. Parents are advised to discourage their children and wards accordingly.
“The CP is assuring the residents of Sokoto State that the Nigeria Police Force will coordinate effectively with other security agencies in the state and collaborate with the leadership of the Independent national Electoral Commission in guaranteeing a safe and secure space for the citizens to freely exercise their electoral franchise.”
“The public can contact the command control room number via 07068848035 for any emergency or distress,” he added
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