In a significant development aimed at ensuring a smooth and secure electoral process, the Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, has announced strict restrictions on vehicular and waterway movements in Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa states, commencing this Friday.
The stringent measures are part of an overarching strategy to guarantee the conduct of free, fair, and credible elections in these three states.
During a press briefing at Force Headquarters, Egbetokun clarified that the restrictions will encompass all forms of transportation, including canoes, ships, and other waterway conveyances.
Furthermore, the Inspector-General has prohibited certain state security units, including Ebubeagu and similar quasi-military outfits, from operating during the electoral exercise.
Egbetokun emphasized the challenging riverine terrains in the affected states and revealed the deployment of marine vessels and gunboats to bolster security. Additionally, he stated that various security equipment, including helicopters, will be positioned for aerial surveillance and patrol.
Speaking through the Force spokesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Inspector-General underscored the gravity of these security preparations and restrictions in light of the impending elections.
The move reflects the commitment of the police force to maintaining law and order, ensuring the safety of citizens, and upholding the integrity of the electoral process in Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa.
As the nation watches with keen interest, the developments in these states ahead of the elections will continue to be a focal point of attention.