FCT area council polls: police orders restriction of movement from 12 midnight Friday to 4Pm

Molly Kilete, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory(FCT), has ordered the restriction of movement from 12 midnight Friday February 11 to 4Pm Saturday February 12, for the forth coming Area council elections.

The command however noted that the workers on essential duties and Students who scheduled to write a nationwide West African Examination Council(WAEC), examination were exempted from the restriction order.

Police public relations officer in charge of the command, Josephine Adeh, who made this known, said the command has massively deployed personnel to all the area councils to ensure a hitch free polls devoid of violence.

It has therefore called on residents and eligible voters to come out and exercise their voting rights without fear of being harassed or molestation by anyone.

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Adeh in a statement issued in Abuja reads; “The FCT Police Command in a bid to cement the  security architecture and deployment towards the Saturday 12th February 2022 Area council elections , will be all out to enforce the declared restrictions on the Election Day.

The restriction emplaced between the period of 12mid night  – 4pm of the said date was put in place to enable the Police in a concerted effort with other sister agencies do due diligence in the discharge of their duties as touching ensuring a free and fair Election thereby totally paralyzing any form of threat emergence and creating a vote worthy atmosphere for voters and the electorates at large to perform their civic right and obligation.

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Consequent upon the above, the Commisioner of Police FCT Command CP Babaji Sunday psc while expressing his confidence in the already emplaced security measures urges the good people of the FCT to turn out to exercise their voting rights without the fear of harassment or molestation of any kind. He however noted that the Restriction only bears an exception for essential workers and Students who were coincidentally scheduled to write a nationwide WAEC examination, stressing emphatically that parties found otherwise wanting will be made to face the wrath of the law.

Further more, the CP wishes to remind all stakeholders in the election to be reminded of their signed peace accord and ensure that their actions and inactions are ushered by constituted guidelines. He therefore calls on residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence to the Police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.

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