– Details on why Governor Willie Obiano’s personal security details were withdrawn recently have been provided
– The reason for the action has been given by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Kpotum Idris
– The IGP said the move was to prevent the re-occurrence of past experience
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, said the withdrawal of the Aide Camp (ADC) to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state was to prevent the re-occurrence of past experience.
Idris gave the explanation during Election Stakeholders’ Forum organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, November 14 in Awka.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obiano had during the forum raised the alarm that he woke up on Tuesday morning to find that his ADC had been directed by the Police High Command to vacate him.
Obiano said that the directive had put his life in danger, describing the act as unacceptable and unfair treatment to his person and office.
The governor noted that his standing for re-election did not remove the fact that he was the Chief Security Officer of the state.
But the IG said the withdrawal of the ADC was based on the previous experience the police recorded whereby the military caught an ADC to an unnamed governor escorting a vehicle loaded with arms on Election Day.
“We do not mean anything bad to Anambra governor on this action; his ADC will be returned to him early Sunday morning after the governorship election on Saturday November 18.
“We have equally withdrawn all the policemen attached to political appointees, local government chairmen and others in Anambra till after the election,’’ he said.
Idris said that the police had deployed 26,000 personnel, 300 vehicles, three helicopters and 15 gunboats for the poll.
The deployment of policemen and other security personnel, he said, was not to cause panic, but to give the people the needed protection.
On his part, INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said everything had been put in place for the conduct of credible, free and fair election on Saturday, November 18.
Mahmood said that distribution of non-sensitive materials would commence on Thursday, November 16 while the sensitive materials would arrive the state via Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu same day.
“I will like to use this opportunity to declare as untrue the earlier claim by some people that sensitive materials for this election were uncovered in a hotel in Awka.
“The sensitive materials will arrive through the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and will be escorted like money to Awka by the Central Bank escort team on Thursday,’’ he said.(NAN)
Meanwhile, the people of Anambra state has been advised to come out en masse and vote candidates of their choice in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The advice was given by the senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District, Stella Oduah, following threats by some groups to the citizens to boycott the election.
Oduah who dropped out of the PDP governorship primary which produced Oseloka Obaze as the party’s standard bearer, stressed that irrespective of political affiliation, the interest of the state comes first.
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