Edo poll: IGP orders restriction of movement

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has directed the Commissioner of Police in Edo State to enforce restriction of vehicular movement from 12 midnight Tuesday, September 27, 2016 to 6:00 p.m. September 28, 2016, except those involved in essential duties who must be properly identified ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
He pledged to ensure that the rescheduled election is conducted in an atmosphere of peace and security and ordered activation of the revised operation plan for the election.

According to him, the Police would be firm and decisive in dealing with any infractions of the law, actions and activities that constitute breach of peace and contrary to public order.

He ensured that the Police would mobilise and deploy adequate resources and personnel to prosecute the election conclusively.

“To this end, in order to achieve the expected outcome of credible election acceptable to all stakeholders, the police will deploy 25,000 conventional Police Officers, tactical teams which include Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Special Protection Unit, Force Animal Branch, Police Air wing [Aerial patrol) And Marine Police Unit (Riverine Patrol).

This is in addition to the deployment of other sister agencies to ensure a robust security template for the election.

The IGP urged all Police Officers and Officers of all sister security agencies deployed for the election to conduct themselves in the best professional manner, maintaining apolitical disposition and strictly adhering to the rules of engagement.

“The good people of Edo State are advised to be law abiding and to refrain from any action that will jeopardize the existing peace and security in the State.

“The Nigeria Police Force on its part will discharge its statutory functions effectively, unbiased and in accordance to the principles of democratic policing.”

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