Barely two months after a standoff with Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), it appears that the Nigerian police is again gearing up for another battle of wits and will with the organization, over alleged threat to shut down Anambra State so that the forth coming governorship poll would not hold.
This much was gleaned from a news release by men of the Nigerian Police, Anambra Command and made available to Armada, warning that it would not allow the planned street protests aimed at sensitizing voters not to come out to vote.
“Our attention has been drawn to plans by some misguided elements who have perfected plans to disrupt the relative peace through streets protests and to declare that the Anambra State Governorship Election Scheduled for November, 2017 will not hold.
“This is to achieve their selfish political aggrandizement thereby threatening democratic processes causing serious security threats in Anambra State in particular, and the Country at large,” stated Garba Baba Umar, Commissioner of Police and head of security committee in the state.
Back in May 30, IPOB shutdown the entire south east of the country and Port-harcourt in a paralyzing sit-at-home commemoration of 50 years anniversary of the declaration of Biafra by Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in 1967, which succeeded in grounding all business and governance activities in the affected states.
But speaking against the background, Umar said that a repeat of such campaign is unacceptable and would not be tolerated.
“In as much as the Command and sister agencies respect the Right of individuals to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, we would however not fold our arms and watch disgruntled elements truncate the peace in the State which the Law Enforcement Agencies are working assiduously to maintain.
“It is to be noted the Governorship Election has been scheduled for November, 2017 by the body responsible for elections in Nigeria and that is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); and they remain the only competent authority that can make any pronouncement regarding the conduct of elections. To this end, the security agencies wish to assure the good people of Anambra State that the Election shall hold as scheduled peacefully and successfully.
We will not hesitate to deal decisively with any individual or groups under any guise that will disrupt public peace,” the CP said.