IG Warns Private Security Guards, Vigilante Groups, Others, To Steer Clear Of Polling Units On Election Day

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has ordered that on no account should private security guards and members of vigilance groups be seen in their uniform within 300 metres of a polling unit on Election Day.

The police chief also warned members of voluntary organisations such as Boys Scout, Boys Brigade, Peace Ambassador, Man’O War and others, to stay away from polling centres during the elections.

Abba, according to a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, further cautioned politicians and VIPs not to go to polling units with armed escorts, noting that the use of sirens, revolving lights, tinted vehicle glasses by unauthorised citizens would not be tolerated.

The statement, which was signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu, restated the restriction of vehicular movement during the presidential election on Saturday and legislative election on April 11, 2015. The restriction will be from 8.00am to 5.00pm on both election days.

It reads, “The Inspector-General of Police, has ordered that on no account should uniformed private/government security agencies and voluntary organisations such as Boys Scout, Vigilante Group, Boys Brigade, Peace Ambassador, Man’O War etc, be seen in uniform within 300 metres of a Polling unit”.

The IG reiterated the commitment of the Force to the provision of round-the-clock security before, during and after the general elections for the citizens of the country and reminded them of their civic responsibility of obedience to all laws.

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