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Anambra poll: Security personnel’ll follow rules of engagement —Monguno


The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), has said that the security personnel deployed to Anambra for the November 6 governorship election will adhere to the rules of engagement to forestall any ‘theatrical’ development during the process.

He once again warned those planning to destabilise the elections to rethink because the security operatives will not fold their arms and wait to be harmed.

Monguno said this on Tuesday in Abuja during the general security appraisal committee meeting with Service Chiefs and heads of other agencies.

He assured the electorates that the security agencies would ensure that they elect their next Governor without any fracas.

The NSA said, “Our intentions, our aspirations are to see that the elections do not result in anything that is unwanted, any bloodshed, any violence, intimidation, coercion or even terrorising the people of Anambra State.”

He added that the election is an opportunity for the people of Anambra to exert their fundamental rights to vote and choose their next Governor, and this right should not be denied them.

Monguno further explained that security agencies have been tasked to display high professionalism and discipline while observing the rules of engagement.

“They must make sure that they do not allow themselves to be provoked. This is because we have made them to understand that they owe themselves responsibility to stay alive, so they are not going to go there and sit, allow themselves to be harmed but at the same time, they will have to work together with the community, the political leadership to ensure that nothing theatrical takes place.

“We have been assured by the Commissioner of Police; and the Armed Forces have put everything in place to be the second layer to make sure that lives do not get lost,” the NSA added.



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