Tuesday, December 7

Police announce 48hr lockdown ahead of Anambra poll

Police in Anambra state has announced a 48hour lockdown of the state ahead of the Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng disclosed this on Tuesday in Awka during a consultative interagency committee on Security.

He said contingency plans had been put in place in identified flash points in the state to enable the force handle any unforeseen situation.

He said the lockdown of the state which takes effect from Thursday night was to enable the Police control access into the state to ensure trouble makers did not gain access.

He said, “Assets and personnel have started arriving. We have 85 percent of them on ground. We’ve started deployment.

“We have enough vehicles, helicopters and marine boats to take care of the waterways which will be complement by the Navy.

“For the past one week, police has been on confidence building patrol of all nooks and crannies of the state. We’ve had meetings with stakeholders to discuss way forward and they have assured us of maximum security.

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“We send warning signals to those who want to forment trouble that it’s not going to be a tea party for them. Those who attempted to test our will will have have a good story to tell if at all they’ll return to their camps.

“Camps have been identified and operations are ongoing. For those who we would not be take out that day, we have plans for them.

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“The DSS has been providing robust and actionable intelligence and we’ve been responding accordingly. We’ve have 2DIGs and 5AIGs on ground to coordinate the force activities and CPs to take care of all the LGAs.

“DSS, Army, Navy, NSCDC, Immigration and FRSC have all deployed. Our deployment must have been completed by Thursday.

“We intend to have a lockdown to enable us control access into the state to ensure people don’t come in to forment trouble.

“We think we’re good to go. Those who think the election will not hold have been proved otherwise. Come November 6, election will hold.”

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Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu

Earlier, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu reassured that Saturday’s governorship election is sacrosanct.

He said commission had done everything within its powers to ensure the election held, while the security agencies has done all to ensure a secured environment for a peaceful poll.

He said, “When the commission released the time table 11months ago, it sounded like the election will never come. But here we are, 11 months have been reduced to 4days.

“We reassure all registered voters that the election is going to be free, fair, credible and upon the assurance of security agencies peaceful.
“The only outstanding issue that several persons raised concerns about is the availability of PVCs for the new registrants and replacement with issues of transfer.

“All the cards for all new registrants have been printed and delivered to Anambra state, and have been distributed to all the 21LGAs in the state.

“Beyond that, due to the technology we deployed for voter registration, we were able to harvest the telephone numbers as well as email addresses of new registrants. We’ve contacted all of them.”
Appreciating the security agencies for their continued support and reassurance to the citizenry that the election will hold as scheduled, the INEC boss appealed to all registered voters across the state to come out on Saturday and vote for the party and candidate of their choice.

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