By: Okosun Dennis
As Bye-election holds at the Lagos East Senatorial District and Kosofe 11 constituency on Saturday, candidates writing the ongoing Private General Certificate of Education (GCE) have been exempted from the movement restriction order by the Lagos Police Command.
However, such candidate has been instructed and must provide valid means of identification.
The Lagos State Police Command had initially issued a statement signed by its spokesperson, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Thursday imposing restriction of movement order on every Lagosian within Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Lekki, Kosofe, Somolu and Ikorodu before reviewing the order on Friday.
Meanwhile, there will be restriction of movements between 6am-6pm in the mentioned local government areas on Saturday 5th December, 2020.
It reiterated that in a bid to have free, fair and credible bye elections into the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe 11 Constituency, Lagos State House of Assembly seats, the Lagos State Police Command has declared restriction of movement.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu made the declaration on Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 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, some 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 on the 3rd December, 2020, 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 Commissioner of Police reiterated that there wont 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 the two 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 would 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 would be arrested and caused to face the full weight of the law.
CP Hakeem Odumosu further assured the general 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.