FCT Police command declares curfew over area council polls on Saturday
In view of the area council elections in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) which is slated for Saturday, February 12, the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Sunday Babaji has announced that there will be a curfew on the said date.
The command hinged the action on the need to ensure hitch-free polls in the FCT.
According to a statement signed by the Command’s spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, the restriction would come into effect between the period of 12mid night – 4 pm of the said date.
According to the police authority, adequate security measures have been put in place to forestall any threat during the polls, hence electorates should turn out to exercise their voting rights without fear of any kind.
Babaji noted that the restriction only exempts essential workers and students who were coincidentally scheduled to write a nationwide WAEC examination, stressing that anyone found otherwise wanting will be made to face the wrath of the law.
The CP also reminded all stakeholders in the election to be abreast of their signed peace accord and ensure that their actions and inactions were ushered by constituted guidelines.
Recall that prior to the notice from the police, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had hinted that elections will not hold in 593 polling units owing to their recent creation without a valid voting population deployed to those places.
The election, which is best described as an off-season poll, is expected to take place across the six area councils making up the FCT.