POLICE BARS VIPS WITH ESCORTS FROM POLLING UNITS

The Bauchi State Police command have barred political appointees and other dignitaries from bringing their escorts to polling units during Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections across the twenty local government areas.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Ali Janja, gave the directive at a briefing with media practitioners and other relevant stakeholders superintending over the election.

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“Important personalities and politicians have been barred from going to any polling unit with their security details.

“They are also warned to desist from moving from one place to another on the Election day, as provided under the Electoral Act,” he said.

The directives, he added, also cover the gubernatorial and State House of Assembly election on March 2.

Also, a restriction order has been placed for the two elections respectively and only personnel on essential duties with valid accreditation card will be allowed free movement with strict monitoring.

“There will be total restriction of movement of persons and vehicles between the midnight hour of Friday 15th February 2019 to 5:00 pm on Saturday,” he added.

Miscreants, thugs and other disgruntled elements are also barred from coming near accreditation centres and polling units as he vows to deal with anyone fomenting trouble in accordance with the law.

He assured that every flashpoint area in the state will be given adequate security as other areas will be adequately protected too as he appealed for continued support and cooperation of the publi