In order to ensure a hitch-free election, the Nigerian Police has restricted vehicular movement from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on election day.
A statement by the police spokesman, Frank Mba, in Abuja explained that the ban on movement would assist the security agencies to do their jobs properly and also prevent hoodlums from disrupting the electoral process.
“As part of efforts in furtherance of the overall interest of public order, public well-being and safety and national security as it relates to the general elections billed to take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Muhammed Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, 16th February 2019.
“The IGP notes that the restriction will assist the security agencies in effectively policing the electoral process, thereby preventing hoodlums and criminally-minded elements from hijacking and disrupting the electoral process,” it read.
While stating that adequate security arrangements have been made, the police urged members of the public to troupe out en-masse on the day of the election to exercise their franchise without fear.
Nigeria holds presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday. State elections are scheduled to hold two weeks later on March 2.