The Ondo state police command has banned the southwest regional security outfit, Amotekun, and other state-owned and private security outfits from participating in the March 18 governorship and state house of assembly elections.
According to a statement the police issued in Akure, Ondo state capital, on Friday, the state police commissioner, Oyeyemi Oyediran, said the force made this decision to prevent any form of abuses and compromise during the election.
Also, the police commissioner has banned all forms of vehicular movements across the state from 12 am to 6 pm on election day.
However, “those on essential services such as INEC Officials, Electoral Observers, Accredited Media and Observers, Ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters, etc”, are permitted to move during the said time.
The statement read in parts, “Given the State House of Assembly election scheduled to hold on the 18th of march, 2023, the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, CP Oyeyemi Oyediran, has ordered the restriction of all forms of vehicular movement from 12 am to 6 pm on election day in the state.
“ln the same vein, there is a ban on all security aides to VIPs and escorts from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths during the election.
“State established Security Outfits/Organizations, Quasi Security Units, and Privately- Owned Security Guards are not part of the election security team and such are not expected to participate in the election
“The Command is also using this opportunity to solicit for the support of the good people of Ondo State in ensuring a smooth conduct of the election as adequate security has been put in place by the Command”.
This article was originally published on Naija News
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Author: Ernest Victor