The Nigeria Police has banned all private and local security outfits in Imo State, from participating in Election Security Management.
The directive according to the Imo police authority is from the office of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde gave the directive in a statement signed by ASP Henry Okoye in Owerri, Imo State.
The CP also ordered the strict enforcement of IGP’s directives on the restriction of all forms of vehicular movement and transportation across the 27 LGAs of the state, from 12 midnight to 6pm on Saturday 25th February 2023 scheduled for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, except for essential duty officers such as the INEC Officials, Electoral Observers, Fire Fighters and Ambulances responding to medical emergencies, etc.
The Statement reads, “Furthermore, on election day, no security agents or escorts should accompany their bosses or elected officials to voting places and counting facilities.
“The prohibition on the use of sirens, rotating lights, covered license plates, and tinted glass is still in effect, and offenders will be subject to legal repercussions. Imo State has issued a warning to private and local security organizations that they are not permitted to participate in election security management, telling them to stay away from polling places and collation centers.
These instructions are a component of the security precautions the command has put in place to ensure the conduct of an election that is secure, free, fair, credible, and acceptable.
“The CP beckons the electorates not to put on political party campaign vest or regalia to polling unit or collation center and craves the indulgence of Imolites to comply with the directives that are emplaced to assist the security agencies in preventing criminally minded persons from disrupting the electoral process as it may be inconvenient.
“They should also avoid spreading misleading information, purchasing votes, stealing ballots, and using derogatory language that can incite violence.
“To provide adequate security during the elections and beyond, CP Barde reiterates the Command’s preparedness to collaborate with other sister security services. He urged all eligible voters in the state to cast their ballots in large numbers, and he issued a warning that the command would arrest and prosecute anyone who attempted to tamper with the election. He requests that the good citizens of the state call the Command Emergency line at 08034773600 or 08098880197 to report any suspicious individual, an unusual event, or request for security reaction.”