Ahead of today’s rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections, the Borno State Police Command has adopted measures for the success of the exercise in the state.
Apart from the show of force, which the police has embarked on round the state with other security agencies, the command also embarked on security deployments at CBN, INEC stations as well as removal of unused/disused tyres from public glare, which is in progress.
It is also distributing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sensitive/nonsensitive materials across the local government areas of the state, in addition to deployment of personnel to various polling units, collation centres.
Speaking on the readiness of the force for the election, yesterday, in Maiduguri, the Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, said in line with the curfew imposed by the state government, there will be restriction of vehicular movement from 10.30pm on the eve of the election till 6.00pm on the election day.
He said for the avoidance of doubt, the movement restriction will affect all motor vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles, bicycles, transport animals among others.
“It will, however, exclude those on essential duties who, as a matter of necessity, must display their valid Identity cards. Eligible voters (with valid PVCs) are therefore advised to proceed in a peaceful manner to their various polling units and to also conduct themselves in an orderly manner throughout the period of the exercise.
“Borno State Police Command wishes to use this medium to warn trouble makers in whatever form or guise to stay away from the Polling Units, Collation Centres, INEC Offices and other places of public interest as the police and other security forces will decisively deal with deviants or any other persons caught fomenting trouble or breaking the electoral and other laws of the land,” CP Chukwu said.
“The commissioner of police further wishes to inform the general public that the Command, in collaboration with other security agencies, has set up a Joint Operations Centre where complaints arising from the conduct of the elections would be treated with dispatch.
“The Centre could be reached on the following contacts 08068969292, 08035924493, 08038791313, 08024762021, 08173015010, and 08098134694. Complaints may also be directed to the Command’s Control Room and PCRRU nos – 09053872280, 09053872240 and 08068075581.
“While appealing for the continued support and cooperation of all stakeholders and other members of the public towards the conduct of free, fair, credible and violence-free elections, the Command wishes the Borno State electorate a generally peaceful conduct of the exercise,” he added.
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