Election

Police may extend restriction of movement to 8p.m. in Lagos


While others states of the federation may have vehicular movement restricted from 8a.m to 5p.m because of the governorship and House of Assembly polls, AIG Joseph Mbu said that the restriction in Lagos may be extended to 8p.m.

Mbu, who is incharge of of Zone 2 comprising Lagos and Ogun States, made this known to the newsmen when he visited Mr Akin Orebiyi, the Residential Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lagos.

He explained that the extension was to facilitate the smooth conduct of the elections in the city.

"Lagos is not like other states; it is a peculiar state. Last time, I had to extend the restriction time from 6p.m. to 7p.m.
"It is most likely that we would have to extend it to 8p.m. (today) Saturday.
"Therefore, those involved should be on the alert so that we don't start having crisis.
"We have to give this election all that it takes to ensure that it is peaceful," he said.

Mbu said that the visit was to make the April 11 elections more successful than the March 28 elections.
It was also noted that the AIG inspected all logistics of police operations on ground at INEC state office in Yaba to ensure their functionality.

Meanwhile, Mr Gabriel Abafi, the State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has commended the orderliness of voters during accreditation.
Abafi gave the commendation during a visit to Polling unit 002 at the State Grammar School, Surulere, Surulere Local Government where Gov. Babatunde Fashola was registered and accredited.

The commandant said he had gone to many polling units in the state and had expressed satisfaction with the orderly manner voters conducted themselves.
He, however, noted that the turnout of voters was low compared to the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
"But the turnout has been low. We don't know why. We had expected more turnout than what we had during the last elections,'' he said

Abafi however urged all candidates to accept the results of the polls as the wish of the people.

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