In preparation of the rerun elections in Nnewi North and Orumba North Local Government Areas of Anambra State scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2024, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Anambra State Police Command has ordered massive deployment of personnel to provide adequate security for the electorate as well as officials taking part in the election.
The Commissioner of Police Aderemi Adeoye working in line with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in Nanka, Orumba North Local Government Area and Nnewi in Nnewi North Local Government Area from midnight on Friday to 6p.m. on Saturday February 3, 2024.
According to a release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, a Deputy Superintendent of Police only those engaged with the electoral process in one role or the other and staff on essential services will be allowed free movement based on exigencies and duty schedule.
“As such, belonging to such services is not enough. There must be evidence that such staff are on duty to be allowed free movement.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, has restated the restriction of all security aides to VIPs and escorts from accompanying their politician principals to polling booths and collation centers during on the election. This will be enforced to the letter. Politicians are advised to respect themselves and comply with the order in the interest of peace.
“State-established and private owned security organizations, as well as other quasi-security outfits, are not to be involved in any way with electoral security management”, the statement added.
Also, the Command is collaborating with sister agencies to provide adequate security throughout the period of the election and beyond, it added.
It further stated that; CP Adeoye wishes to urge the electorate in the affected areas to troop out in their numbers to exercise their franchise without fear of intimidation or molestation.
He warned politicians to eschew violence and avoid any act that could disrupt the process, while stating that the Command is prepared to deal ruthlessly with political thugs, ballot box snatchers and other miscreants who might try to cause chaos.
It enjoined the electorate and residents in the areas of the re-run election to be law-abiding and vigilant. They are to promptly report crime and any electoral offence they observe to law enforcement agents at the polling units or at the nearest police station or call emergency numbers.
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