SATURDAY KANO RERUN: Security Agencies Impose Restriction of Movement

Security agencies have ordered the restriction of movements in nine local governments where Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would conduct rerun and bye-elections.

INEC in Kano will on January 25th conduct rerun elections into Tudunwada/Doguwa and Bebeji /Kiru federal constituencies, in compliance with a court judgement that annulled the elections held in Feburary 2019 in the two constituencies.

According to security instructions, human and vehicular movements on the day of the elections would be barred from entering and exiting the two local government areas.

The security organs have directed the restriction of movements between 8am to 2pm in all the affected areas. Our correspondent reports that people would be allowed to move from their residence to cast their votes at the various polling units.

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Our correspondent further gathered that the restriction is also extended to the other 5 local governments where bye-elections will hold.

A security source told that “it is confirmed that there will be restriction of movement in and out of Tudun Wada, Doguwa,Bebeji and Kiru, all the security commands have been mobilized to that effect.”

When contacted, public relations officer of INEC in Kano, Garba Lawal Muhammad declined comment on the ordered restriction of movements. He simply said “that is the issue for the security agencies to speak on.

He said “we have been assured of adequate security, we have been informed by security agencies that all measures are in place to ensure a peaceful conduct of the elections, next Saturday.”

Abdulgafar Oladimeji: Abdulgafar Olawale Oladimeji is a Nigerian born, London school of journalism trained journalist, who started his career in 1998 as a curb reporter in Kano. His work as a reporter has taken him to various African countries.
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