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Anambra guber poll: We can’t afford to fail Anambra people – Anambra CP  NSCDC to deploy over 23,000 personnel


By Michael Nnebife


The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, Echeng Echeng, has affirmed the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to ensure that the November 6 governorship election in the state is conducted in a peaceful and violence-free atmosphere.

The Commissioner of Police, who was speaking in Awka recently during a stakeholders’ roundtable organised by an election observer group, emphatically stated that the police cannot afford to fail the people of the state, and urged the stakeholders to report any suspicious conduct to the police, stressing that the police has identified and taken care of flashpoints as well as individuals who are likely to cause violence during the election.


Mr Echeng, represented in the occasion by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ogbuanya, also told the people that the state will, in coming days, begin to witness the arrival both tactical and conventional police personnel from other parts of the country.

He said, “we have been working out our operational plan long before now. And I can assure you that we have an operational plan in place to ensure that everywhere is safe, for a peaceful election in Anambra State.

“We have equally done a check analysis and identified not just the areas violence may take place, but also individuals that are likely to cause troubles. We are giving those areas special attention.

“Outside the application of force, we have been holding meeting with the critical stakeholders, sensitising them on the need to educate their people on the need to eschew violence”, he said.

He praised Anambra State, saying “when it comes to commerce, education, technology, Anambra has always been in the lead, but what we began to see witness of recent does give us any reason to be happy, but we are grateful to God that with the help of the community leaders and other critical stakeholders, we have been able to work out a very good operational plan for a peaceful election.

“We are equally training our personnel in order to ensure that they are professional in relating with the members of the public”, he stated.

The commissioner further added that the police has been collaborating with other security agents to ensure that the state is safe for legitimate businesses and activities.

His Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) counterpart, Everestus Obiyo, represented by the Deputy Commandant, Peter Kazzah, said that the corps is combat-ready for a peaceful election in the state and passionately appealed to the stakeholders to move down to the grassroots to preach a message of peace to their subjects.

He said, “we are expecting more than 15,000 personnel from the neighbouring states; about eight thousand personnel from the national headquarters and those of us in Anambra State plus those in the zonal office.”                

He lauded Anambra State for taking the lead in various areas of life and remains the best state in the South East.

He, therefore, appealed to the people of the state to demonstrate this by coming out en masse on November 6 to elect without violence a leader that will lead the state to the Promised Land.

While blaming the security challenges currently facing the nation on the parents’ failure to caution their children and wards, the NSCDC boss charged community leaders to meet and dialogue with the aggrieved members of their communities, expressing belief that this can bring about a peaceful election that has never been recorded in the history of the country.

Highlighting the need for collaboration of all the stakeholders for peaceful election, he condemned false social media message and attacks on individuals and security agents, appealing to the press to always maintain a balance and objective reportage in order to guide the public right.




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