- Police authorities in Nigeria say they are doing their best to ensure that the governorship election in Anambra holds
- Police boss, IGP Usman Baba has assured residents in the southeast state that the election will definitely be held
- There have been fears of insecurity in the state as separatist groups have been saying no election will hold in Anambra
Lagos - Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Usman Akali Baba, has vowed that the Nigeria Police Force and other sister agencies would see to the success of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state on Saturday, November 6.
The IG who was speaking yesterday in Lagos, during a workshop organised by Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokomo, said he was affirmative that the Anambra election would be successful.
Daily Sun newspaper quoted him as saying:
“We have provided two types of security in Anambra state. One, we are policing the election process to make sure that citizens exercise their franchise without molestation.
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“Two, we are checkmating the activities of criminal elements like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Eastern Security Network, and other criminal elements, who don’t want people to exercise their rights.”
Meanwhile, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has assured the people of Anambra state that the November 6 governorship election will hold as scheduled.
Daily Trust newspaper quoted Professor Yakubu as saying in Awka on Tuesday, November 2 that the commission in collaboration with all the security agencies were ready for a free, fair and credible poll.
Doyin Okupe asks FG to release Nnamdi Kanu
In a related development, a former presidential media aide, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has called on the federal government to release Nnamdi Kanu, if that would restore peace in the southeast region.
Okupe stated that the freedom and or life of the IPOB leader was more important than the forthcoming November 6 governorship in the state.
He added that Nigeria needs peace in all parts of this country, and if the release of Kanu will bring the needed peace, then he should be allowed to go.
Uba, Soludo, Ozigbo asks FG to dialogue with IPOB
The candidates made the call during a debate organised by Arise News in conjunction with Enough is Enough Nigeria on Monday, November 1 in Awka, the Anambra state capital.
The candidates are Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress; Professor Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, and Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party.