The Rivers state government has restricted both human and vehicular movement ahead of the local council election fixed for Saturday, April 17.

In the announcement made by the state governor, Nyesom Wike in a state-wide broadcast on Thursday, the curfew will begin midnight of Friday, April 16 till the end of voting at 5 pm on Saturday.

However, the governor exempted persons and vehicles on essential duties with genuine means of identification.

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He ordered the police authorities in Rivers to arrest and prosecute anyone caught causing trouble in any part of the state during the exercise and assured that the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission will receive adequate support from the state government to discharge their duties effectively.

To this end, he warned residents of the state against disrupting the exercise. This is as he promised that his government is determined to create an enabling environment for all citizens to vote.

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He added that the choice they make on Saturday will determine their future at the grassroots in the next three years.

Wike equally warned the leadership of the 17 political parties that will participate in the Saturday local government election to ensure their members are law-abiding.

Residents will head to the polls on Saturday to elect new local chairmen and councillors across all 23 LGAs and 319 wards of the state.

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Recall that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be participating in the election.

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