With less than 48 hours to the gubernatorial election in Kogi State, the Nigeria Police Force on Thursday announced the partial restriction of vehicular movement within the boundaries of the state with effect from 6am on Saturday.
The announcement was contained in a statement issued by Force Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Olabisi Kolawole.
The statement said considering the geo-location of Kogi State, sharing boundaries with 10 different States, all states contiguous to the state will be heavily policed, while motorists and other travelers plying the affected routes will be subjected to rigorous search by security agents on stop-and-search duty.
The strategic location of Kogi State and the relatively good condition of the roads compared to the available alternatives, makes it the favourite route of travelers heading to the Southwest and some parts of the Southsouth.
According to ACP Kolawole, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase noted that partial restriction of movement order is informed by the exigencies of overriding security considerations, adding that “the Force is not unmindful of the citizens’ right to freedom of movement; this measure is aimed at forestalling tactics by faceless groups to undermine the electoral process”.
Travelers were therefore advised to take advantage of alternate routes to their destinations where necessary within the hours of the partial restriction of movement on Saturday 21st November, 2015.
“The IGP reiterates his earlier call on the citizens especially the gubernatorial candidates, party chieftains, opinion molders and other relevant stakeholders to conduct themselves within extant electoral laws”, the statement concluded.