The Nigeria Police has advised the people of Edo State to return home immediately after voting rather than waiting for the ballot to be counted in their presence.
EyewitnessMedia gathered that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Research and Planning, Adeleye Oyebade, who is to coordinate election in Edo State, said this on ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme on NTA on Friday.
He said, “It is better to come, do what you want to do, and go home; because some people will be kept behind bars and we will do proper investigation and diligent prosecution of offenders that we will apprehend.”
Oyebade said aides to VIPs had been withdrawn until after the poll.
He said the police would remain neutral during the exercise and vowed to arrest any political thugs.
Oyebade said movement remained restricted and advised any traveler planning to pass through Edo State to take an alternative route.
The DIG urged the candidates who signed the peace accord to make sure that they abide by the terms of the agreement.
However, the Manager, Training, YIAGA Africa, Paul James; said people were free to remain within the polling units to monitor their votes, adding that this would ensure the integrity of the election.
He, therefore, urged the police to let people remain within the polling units after voting.
Usually, voters wait at polling units after casting their ballots and take part in the counting of votes to ensure that there is no rigging.