The restriction of vehicular movement from 11.59 p.m. on Friday, October 9, to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10 will be enforced in Ondo State.
According to the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, the development was an order from the the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.,
Mr. Mba disclosed this in a press statement on Friday, The Punch reports.
On the reasons for the sudden order, Mr. Mba revealed that it is part of efforts by the Force to ensure effective coordination of public order and safety during the gubernatorial election.
Speaking further, Mr. Mba also said, it will “prevent political actors and trouble-makers from freely engaging in unpatriotic acts, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs, movement of political thugs and disruption of the electoral processes”.
The Inspector General of Police also made comments concerning the development as he was quoted, and called on residents of the state to go out in their numbers to exercise their franchise.
Speaking further, he assured that “adequate security arrangement has been emplaced to secure the public space for the election.”
On the part of the citizens and their roles, Adamu urged the residents “to bear any inconveniences arising from the restriction order as it is part of necessary sacrifices to nurture and sustain democracy in the country”.
He added that anybody who engages in snatching of ballot boxes, vote-buying, vote-selling, hate speeches, and any other act capable of compromising the integrity of the electoral process would be brought to book.