Lagos Bye-Elections: Police Declares Restriction Order
Lagos State Police Command has declared restriction of movement order between 6am and 6pm on Saturday, December 5.
This is to enable the State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) conduct bye-elections for Lagos East Senatorial District and Kosofe 11 Constituency.
Lagos East comprises five local government areas namely; Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Kosofe, Somolu and Ikorodu.
In a statement released by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police spokesperson, no vehicular and pedestrian movement will be allowed in and out of the affected the Local Government Areas during the elections except for those on election duties, essential services and accredited domestic and foreign election observers.
In a bid to have free, fair and credible bye elections into the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe 11 Constituency, the Lagos State Police Command has declared restriction of movement between 6am and 6pm of Saturday, 5th December, 2020.
Adejobi said the Lagos police chief, Hakeem Odumosu, announced the restriction while deliberating on the strategies put in place with the election monitoring officers deployed from the Force Headquarters.
He expressed that the election monitoring team, comprises two Commissioners of Police, some Assistant Commissioners of Police and other officers, and are led by the Commissioner of Police, Community Policing, Force Headquarters, Kola Okunola.
The statement added;
The Command has deployed a reasonable number of police personnel and other security agents to cover and provide security at the one thousand, nine hundred and twenty-eight (1,928) polling units in the areas.
The spokesperson revealed that the Command has also deployed a reasonable number of police personnel and other security agents to cover and provide security at the 1,928 polling units in the areas.
The affected local government areas for the two legislative seats include Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Kosofe, Somolu and Ikorodu.
The police boss however warned electorates and political gladiators to play the game according to the rules and provisions of the Electoral Acts 2010.
He also warned that no police aides or security agents will be allowed to escort their principals or any very important personalty (VIPs) to polling units or on any movement while the elections lasted.
Odumosu noted that any security aides violating this directive will be arrested and caused to face the full weight of the law.
He further assured the general public of adequate safety and smooth conduct of the elections in the affected areas, while he reaffirmed the commitment of the police to achieving free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in the affected local government areas in the state.