…armed escort will not be allowed at polling units

Juliana Francis

The Lagos State Police Command today said there will be restrictions on Saturday the 25th of February 2023 between 12:AM to 6:PM across all roads, waterways, and airways in Lagos State.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benjamin Hundeyin, said that the restriction was in line with the security architecture emplaced for the 2023 General Elections.

In the same vein, security aides of public and private individuals, who have already been scaled down in accordance with the Electoral Act 2022, will not be allowed to escort their principals to polling units and collation centers armed.

Hundeyin added: “Except for essential duty vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, patrol vehicles of Federal Government security agencies, the use of sirens at or around polling units and collation centres is totally banned. In line with the Electoral Act 2022, no state-owned security agency is part of election security. Violators will be apprehended and prosecuted. Exempted from the movement restriction are essential workers, INEC officials and election observers.”

Meanwhile, members of the public are encouraged to be law-abiding as they exercise their franchise.

“They are equally urged to promptly contact the police on any of the following numbers to report suspicious persons or activities around them: 08127155132, 08065154338, 08063299264, 08039344870,” stated Hundeyin.

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