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Security agencies ready for those issuing threats against Anambra poll – NSA


THE National Security Adviser, Maj Gen Babagana Moguno (retd.), has said those planning to destabilise the Anambra State Governorship election scheduled to hold on November 6, must have a rethink.

He assured that the security agencies would ensure that the people of Anambra State elect their next governor without any incident.

Monguno said this during a meeting of the Special Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, held at the National Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Abuja, on Monday.

The NSA, who co-chairs the ICCES stressed that elections are lawful and security agencies would not let any group under any guise destabilise the process.

The Punch earlier reported that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, had declared a one-week sit-at-home across the South-East region beginning from November 5.

IPOB vowed that the protest would go on as planned unless its detained leader Nnamdi Kanu was released before November 4.

However, speaking on Monday, Monguno urged the security operatives, who would be deployed for the election to safeguard lives and property and conduct themselves professionally.

He said “Election is the number one legitimate right of every citizen and we must not deny them that right in an atmosphere devoid of rancour and violence.

“Just like the Chairman said, we need to do better than what we did in Edo and Ondo States. For those of us in security, we have already done what we are supposed to do.”

“All security agencies have been told to conduct themselves well and exhibit the highest level of professionalism and restraint and operate within the confines of the law and not in any way that will jeopardise the exercise.

“We are going to ensure that the people of Anambra undergo this exercise without any incident.”

Monguno added, “The law enforcement agencies will not sit by idly and allow people to terrorise people, commit homicide. They have been told to watch out for these elements. I am appealing to you to stay in your wards and behave yourself.

“Anyone that wants to disrupt the process will be brought to book. Finally, I want to encourage the staff of INEC. I know you have gone through a lot of pain, but don’t allow that to dampen your spirit or get into lethargy.”

Earlier in his opening remarks, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, affirmed that the Commission was ready for the elections, having completed 12 out of the 14 activities listed in its timetable and schedule of activities for the election as agreed in January.

The INEC chief said, “The two outstanding activities are the last day of the campaign, at midnight on Thursday, November 4, 2021, and election day which remains Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Yakubu further explained that based on assurances from security agencies, “INEC is determined to proceed with the Anambra State Governorship election as scheduled. The safety and protection of voters, our personnel, accredited observers, the media and materials are cardinal considerations in any election.”

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