With about 72 hours to the local government elections in Delta State, the State Commissioner of Police Ari Mohammed Ali has ordered the restriction of vehicular movements from 12am on Friday 5th March to 4pm Saturday 6th March 2021.
In a press statement by the Acting Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Bright Edafe, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the Commissioner who gave the order on Wednesday had noted that voters going to exercise their civic rights would not be prevented from doing so.
According to the statement, the Command equally assured all essential service providers including NUPENG tanker drivers/workers, PHCN, GSM service providers, Hospitals/Clinics staff, Fire services and media houses etc that their safety would be guaranteed while carrying out their lawful duties during the elections.
“Only those on official and emergency duties with valid means of identification as well as the electorates with permanent voters cards, going to their registered polling units to cast their votes, will be allowed passage during the restriction order” the statement emphasised.
“While regretting the inconvenience the restriction order will cause commuters passing Delta State to other states, the police boss enjoined them to take alternative routes or make do with other contingency plans.”
“The Command urges all stakeholders to conduct themselves peacefully before, during and after the elections, and respect the rules guiding the process, While wishing Deltans a peaceful election.”