Rerun: Police beef up security, restrict movements in seven Kaduna LGAs

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To ensure the smooth conduct of Saturday’s rerun elections in Kaduna, the State Police Command says it has beefed up security measures in designated local government areas and constituencies where the exercise will take place.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun had on Thursday imposed restrictions on movements – from 12:00 am to 6:00 pm – in areas in 26 states of the federation where by-elections and run-off polls are set to be held on Saturday. Proving clarification, the Kaduna State Police Command, Mansir Hassan, listed the local government areas as Chikun, Igabi, Kachia, Kaduna South, Kagarko, Kudan, and Kauru.

According to a statement, the police spokesman said a complete restriction of movement will be enforced from midnight of Saturday, February 3rd to 5 pm. He however said essential workers including Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, election observers, medical personnel and accredited media officers are exempted from the restriction in the affected areas. The police cautioned unauthorised persons against being seen at the Registration Area Centres (RAC) centres, polling units, and collation centres, warning that individuals with intent to constitute nuisance will face arrest and prosecution.

Meanwhile, in Lagos, the police authorities say the restriction of vehicular movement in the state owing to a by-election is only limited to the Surulere area of the state where the exercise for a federal constituency seat is taking place.

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