There will be no vehicular movement from 11:59pm on Friday to 6pm on Saturday in Edo, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has directed.
The restriction, Adamu said, was aimed at ensuring public order and safety during Saturday’s governorship elections in the state.
According to a statement by spokesman, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), the order followed the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs.
He said it will also checkmate the movement of political thugs, touts and other criminally-minded individuals especially from contiguous states who may want to hijack and disrupt the electoral process.
The IG, Mba said, enjoined citizens to go out en-masse on the day of the election and vote, noting that the police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilised to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election.
“While regretting any inconveniences the restriction order may cause the citizens, the IG enjoins the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.
“He however warns that the Force will not sit idly-by and watch citizens who may want to engage in any criminal act- violent and destructive acts, snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, and other act(s) capable of compromising the electoral processes,” said Mba.
In the same vein, the Inec has tipped Edo South has the dominant district in terms of registered voters and PVC collection.
The district has 1,281,414 registered voters, according to YIAGA, quoting INEC figures. In the zone, 78.1 per cent of the PVCs have been collected.
Conversely Edo North has 564,122 registered voters; 84 per cent of the PVCs have been collected.
In Edo Central, the total registered voters are 364,998; out of which 74.4 per cent have been collected.