Nigerian Police Chief Bans Vehicles on Election Day
Abuja – Nigeria’s federal police chief on Tuesday ordered restrictions on movement on election day this weekend, as the country goes to the polls to choose a new president and parliament.
Police said there would be a “total restriction” of vehicles between 8 am (0700 GMT), when polling stations open, and 5 pm.
Ambulances, fire service trucks and others on “essential duties” would be exempt, the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, said in a statement.
Travel restrictions are routinely put in place for elections in Nigeria, where politically-linked violence by roaming gangs of hired thugs has been common.
Abba said the measures were designed to “ensure adequate security” in Saturday’s vote, in which President Goodluck Jonathan is hoping to win a second term of office.