The police in Nigeria have announced the restriction of vehicular movements on general elections days.
Announcing the restrictions, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, said it was part of efforts to ensure adequate security across the Federation in the forthcoming general elections.
Elections will hold on Saturday, 28 March and 11April, 2015.
The restriction will last from 8.00am to 5.00pm on both days.
“This total restriction of movements order applies to all, except for Ambulances, Fire service trucks and others on essential duties. Consequently, travellers and citizens who intend to use roads on these days and hours are advised to plan alternative times for their travelling,” the IGP said.
While expressing his regrets over the inconveniences that road users and the general public may encounter as a result of this restriction, the Mr Abba appealed for the understanding and cooperation of all Nigerians, as the restriction was done in the nation’s interest.
The IGP assured Nigerians that adequate security logistics and manpower had been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere.
He said policemen for election duty had been properly trained, briefed and sensitized on their roles as stipulated in the Electoral Act.
They are expected to be professional, non-partisan, civil but firm in their approach and relation to the public.
Meanwhile, citizens are enjoined to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate Police authority.