Ahead of the Lagos State bye-election scheduled for Saturday 5th December, 2020, the state’s Police Command has declared restriction of movement in five local government and council development areas between 6am and 6pm.
This according to the command will enable the state to organise free, fair and credible bye elections into the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe 11 Constituency, Lagos State House of Assembly seats,
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu disclosed this while deliberating on the strategies put in place with the election monitoring officers deployed from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to assist and monitor the elections in Lagos State.
The election monitoring team, which comprises two Commissioners of Police, Assistant Commissioners of Police and other officers, led by the Commissioner of Police, Community Policing, Force Headquarters CP Kola Okunola, reported to Lagos State Command last Thursday, in preparation for the deployment and monitoring of Police personnel and other security agents detailed for the election duties.
The Command has deployed a reasonable number of Police personnel and other security agents to cover and provide security at the 1,928 polling units in the areas.
The CP reiterated that there won’t be both vehicular and pedestrian movement in and out of the affected Local government areas during the elections except those on election duties, essential services and accredited domestic and foreign election observers.
The affected local government areas for both legislative seats include Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Kosofe, Somolu and Ikorodu.
The Police Boss however warned electorates and political gladiators to play the game according to the rules and provisions of the Electoral Acts 2010. He also warned that no police aides or security agents will be allowed to escort their principals or any Very Important Personalties (VIPs) to polling units or on any movement while the elections lasted; noting that any security aides violating this directive will be arrested and caused to face the full weight of the law.
The Commissioner further assured members of the public of adequate safety and smooth conduct of the elections in the affected areas, while he reaffirmed the commitment of the Police to achieving free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in the affected Local Government Areas in Lagos State.