The police command in Kaduna has ordered restriction of human and vehicular movement in the state from Friday midnight to Saturday 6:00 p.m.
The order is contained in a statement by its spokesman Mohammed Jalije on Friday.
The statement noted that the police commissioner, Abdullahi Mudassiru, gave the order.
“The CP Kaduna state has ordered the strict enforcement of the restriction of human and vehicular movement into and within the state,” said the police statement. “This is in compliance with the directive of Kaduna state government during the local government election scheduled to hold on Saturday across the 23 local government areas of the state.”
It urged residents and people outside Kaduna to obey the order, which will “take effect from midnight (0000hrs to 1800hrs), and it covers all the entry points into the state” and within the entire 23 local government areas” where the elections will be held.
The police warned that it would “tolerate” large gatherings or “campaigns of whatever guise” within the “stipulated restriction hours.”
It said violators of “the said order will be dealt with according to extant laws of the state.”
The police statement added, “The command is therefore calling on all law-abiding citizens of the state to comply with this restriction order since all eligible voters are allowed to go out and exercise their franchise without fear of intimidation from any quarter.”
The police command advised that “while the election is ongoing, the public should be security conscious,” urging residents to report “suspicious activities or persons to the nearest security formation or via the Kaduna police command designated emergency mobile phone numbers- 08075391105 and 07039675856 for prompt intervention.”