Police Impose Curfew On Nnewi North, Orumba North of Anambra Ahead of Rerun Elections
The Police Command in Anambra has declared restriction on vehicular movement in Nnewi North and Orumba North, the two local governments where rerun elections will be held on Saturday.
CP Aderemi Adeoye, the Commissioner of Police in the state also announced the deployment of adequate personnel to provide adequate security for the electorate as well as officials taking part in the election.
DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra Command who disclosed this in a Statement Friday said only staff of essential services will be allowed movement.
The restriction of vehicular movement will be in Nanka, Orumba North LGA and Nnewi in Nnewi North LGA from midnight Friday to 6pm on Saturday.
“This is in line with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, there must be evidence that such staff are on duty to be allowed free movement,” he said.
The PPRO said the IGP had restated the restriction of all security aides to VIPs and escorts from accompanying their politician principals to polling booths and collation centers during the election.
He said the Command would enforce the order fully while advising politicians to respect themselves and comply with the order in the interest of peace.
He said State-established and private owned security organisations, as well as other quasi-security outfits, were allowed to play any role in electoral security management.
“The Command is collaborating with sister agencies to provide adequate security throughout the period of the election and beyond.
“The CP wishes to urge the electorate in the affected areas to troop out in their numbers to exercise their franchise without fear of intimidation or molestation.
“He warns politicians to eschew violence and avoid any act that could disrupt the process as the Command is prepared to deal ruthlessly with political thugs, ballot box snatchers and other miscreants who might try to cause chaos,” he said.
Ikenga urged electorate and residents in the areas of the re-run election to be law-abiding and vigilant and promptly report crime and any electoral offense they observe to law enforcement agents at the polling units or at the nearest police station