The restriction of movement announced by the Osun state commissioner of police, Austin Ekhavbahbokun, has kicked in.
Announcing the restriction on Friday, the police boss said that it will continue up until after tomorrow’s elections in order to enable security agents maintain law and order during, and in the immediate aftermath of the polls.
”The police are fully mobilised and adequately prepared; we are ready to face any security challenge,” he said.
Following the expiration of the deadline, this reporter ventured a commercial motorcycle ride from the Okini area of Osogbo to Ikirun. While a lot of citizens have heeded the call to stay indoors, there was evidence of a lot of stragglers attempting to get home, and an obvious increased security presence. The soldiers and policemen for the most part were courteous, and gave leave to commercial vehicles.
In the press conference, police boss, Ekhavbahbokun had announced that 65,000 security agents have been deployed to Osun state, of which about 30,000 are members of the Nigeria Police Force. He also said a commissioner of police had been assigned to each of the three senatorial districts in the state while three policemen were attached to each accredited polling unit.