Ekiti Council Poll: Police Command Deploys Adequate Security, Restricts Vehicular Movements

The Ekiti State Police Command has reiterated its readiness to provide adequate security during Saturday’s local government and local council development elections across the state.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, the Èkiti State capital, today, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Ogundare Dare, consequently directed Area Commanders, DPOs, heads of Tactical and Intelligence Units to deploy adequate personnel across polling units and identified flash points in order to ensure safety of lives and properties of citizens, electorate, election materials and officials as well as ensuring free, fair and credible election.

The statement signed by DSP Abutu Sunday, the command’s public relations officer, added that to ensure peace and order, the commissioner had ordered restriction of vehicular movements across the state from midnight of Friday 1st December, 2023 to 4pm of Saturday 2nd December, 2023 with the exemption of those on essential services such as SIEC officials, accredited electoral observers, ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters, media, candidates and officials of the on-going National Examination Council (NECO), examination among others.

The restriction order is part of the measures to ensure a safe, secured and conducive environment for the conduct of the election.

CP Ogundare warned residents and travellers from neighbouring states to beware and plan their movements to avoid any untold hardship during the period of the election.

He urged all citizens to be law abiding while imploring all eligible voters to come out en masse to exercise their franchise without fear of intimidation or attack.

While charging the personnel deployed for the exercise to be professional and avoid any form of corrupt practices in the course of their duties, CP Ogundare warned criminally minded individuals, hoodlums and political thugs to stay off before, during and after the election as the command would be decisive and ruthless on those who might want to cause mayhem.

Meanwhile, the Èkiti Police boss implored citizens to avail themselves of the following mobile numbers in case of emergencies during the election:

√ 33 PMF:
√ RRS:
√ SIB:
090640 50086