The presidential election of February 16, 2019 might be one of the most keenly contested ever in the history of Nigeria.

All hands are on deck to ensure that the election is not only free and fair but also peaceful.

As part of efforts towards achieving this, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 6am – 6pm on Saturday, 16th February 2019.

He says this is in the overall interest of public order, public wellbeing and safety and national security.

The IGP explained that the restriction will assist the security agencies in effectively policing the electoral process, thereby preventing hoodlums and criminally-minded elements from hijacking and disrupting the electoral process.

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He asked citizens to go out and vote without any fear or apprehension as the Police and other security agencies have put in place adequate security measures to ensure a safe, secure and conducive environment for a peaceful and credible election.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba also warned those who might want to test the police’ determination.

“While regretting the inconveniences the restriction will cause the citizens, the IGP however warns that the Force will deal decisively with any individual(s) or group(s) that will want to test our common will in our resolve to ensure a peaceful election.

“He therefore enjoins the citizens to steer-clear of vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, circulating fake news, snatching of ballot boxes and other act(s) capable of truncating the people’s will, noting that the Force will not hesitate to bring to bear the full weight of the law on anyone who engages in any crime during this period.”

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