The Federal Government ordered security officials to exterminate members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other disaffected elements who were determined to sabotage the November 6th gubernatorial election in Anambra.
Last week, the IPOB held a week-long sit-at-home order in the southeast designed to deter potential voters, election officials and other logistics providers from participating in the elections.
However, during an emergency meeting between the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in Abuja yesterday, National Security Advisor (NSA), Babagana Munguno, warned that security agents would not tolerate any act of chaos during the elections in Anambra. He said the right to vote was legitimate and instructed security services to ensure that no voter was denied the right to vote in Anambra on November 6th.
Munguno said any rogue element who acts in a way that undermines the conduct of the elections will be brought to justice. He said the goal of security agencies is to ensure that Anambra's votes are better than the previous elections held in Edo and Ondo states, as requested by the Independent Electoral Commission. And he instructed the state-affected security services to work professionally but decisively to create an atmosphere free from resentment, fear, tension and all suspicious factors and people ending up in courts after the poll.
"I want to reassure the public that law enforcement will do everything in their power to ensure that the people of Anambra State go through this process without incident. In the same way, I want to give fraternal advice to our brothers and sisters in Anambra state, who may wish to use unconventional means and unusual methods to destabilize an already delicate situation, to please have a rethink".
We are all impatient to get results in these elections that are acceptable to all. I don't think it would help if someone came out and ignite something that could cause pain in any way to the people of Anambra State. Law enforcement agencies, in as much as they have to act according to the requirements of their profession, will not stand idly by and allow people to start looting, destroying public property, and resorting to not just intimidation, terrorising people, possibly arson and even homicide. This will not be accepted. Law enforcement agencies have been asked to watch out for such elements. There is no need to engage in self-deception, manipulation, or entanglement. Please I am appealing to you all brothers to remain within your ward and local government and allow us to have a peacefully election. As for the security agents, any rogue element that chooses to make our collective institutions a very dark color will be brought to justice under the rules of those institutions. And he warned: "Do not do anything that could interfere with this process."
INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, had pledged to replicate the successes achieved in the gubernatorial elections of Edo and Ondo in the Anambra elections.
"The Independent National Electoral Commission is determined to continue with the Anambra State Governorship as planned. The safety of voters, our staff, accredited observers, media and equipment is vital in any election. The security agencies have provided us a safe environment for the elections. I am sure that the CP Anambra State will present further details about the preparations on the ground in his briefing.
I would like to place on record the continued support of the security agencies to the Commission during the elections. Particularly noteworthy is the high professional behavior of the agencies in the last two major elections in the states of Edo and Ondo. Indeed, Edo and Ondo became the standard for securing elections in Nigeria. "
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