Jigawa State residents have abided by the movement restriction order imposed by the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, for the gubernatorial and state Assembly elections.
DAILY POST observed that as early as 7:30 am, no vehicles were moving and shops were closed in Dutse, the state capital.
Voters were seen moving to their various polling units to exercise their civil rights.
The Jigawa State Police Command yesterday ordered a restriction of all forms of vehicular movement except those on essential services, such as INEC officials, election observers, ambulances to medical emergencies, and firefighters from Friday, 17th March 2023 by midnight to 6 pm on Saturday 18th March 2023 and anybody found wanting will be dealt with decisively.
State Commissioner of Police, CP Emmanuel Effiom Ekot, called on the law-abiding citizens of the state to turn out en masse and peacefully exercise their franchise without fear of threat or intimidation.
He however warned political parties and their followers to shun political thuggery, the use of weapons, and taking signs of any party to the polling units.
The CP also warned all security aids and escorts to desist from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling units and collation centers during the election, as anyone found flouting these directives will be severely sanctioned.
He noted that sister security agencies across the state will work assiduously to fish out those troublemakers and their sponsors as well, conduct thorough investigations and charge the culprits to court, to face the full weight of the law.
DAILY POST visited some of the polling units and observed that election materials arrived as early as 7:30 am.