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‘Election not war’ – Stakeholders react as IGP deploys over 34,000 officers, 3 helicopters, others to Anambra

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Stakeholders have questioned the transfer by the Inspector Normal of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba to deploy a complete of 34,587 police personnel, three Police Helicopters, technical capabilities of the Police Airwing, the Power Marine and the Power Animal Department, and different operational belongings to Anambra State forward of the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

DAILY POST had reported that the IGP, through the 2nd Strategic Police Managers Convention for Senior Police Officers from the rank of Commissioner of Police and above on the Power Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, stated the transfer was to make sure a hitch-free election in Anambra State.

In response to Baba, the 34,587 personnel comprising of typical cops, Police Cellular Power (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Particular Forces personnel, Explosives Ordinance Unit (EOD), Power Intelligence Bureau (FIB), INTERPOL, Particular Safety Unit (SPU) in addition to Police Medical Groups, will probably be on floor to ensure safety of lives and properties through the election.

The announcement has, nevertheless, triggered backlash from involved stakeholders who picked holes within the IGP’s choice, describing it as preparation for ‘conflict’.

A few of the stakeholders who spoke with DAILY POST on Friday, additionally expressed worry that such transfer would intimidate the voters, saying apathy might mar the election which has been scheduled for November 6.

A prime political official who spoke to our correspondent from Benue State on anonymity, alleged that the transfer was for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to intimidate different events and declare the state.

Anambra guber: Police dedicated to securing electoral processes, others – IGP Baba“We all know their plans. It’s now clear to Nigerians that this APC is out to realize energy by all means, in any other case, how can the IGP be mobilizing about 34,587 cops for only one state election? Are we making ready for conflict? It’s apparent.

“We’re all conscious of the safety scenario in Anambra State however that doesn’t name for this sort of transfer. Who will hear this information and nonetheless come out to vote that day? After all everyone would wish to save his or her life first. I feel their plan is to maintain voters away from the polling unit in order that they will do no matter they need”.

The Nationwide Coordinator of Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko instructed DAILY POST that the 34,587 policemen the IGP claimed might not be true.

In response to him, the Nigerian Police drive has no correct statistics of officers deployed to a specific space. He alleged that these accountable for the deployment solely formulated the figures simply to embezzle public fund.

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He stated, “Nigerian Police drive has misplaced focus from a really lengthy time period. They at all times interact in fireplace brigade approaches significantly in nationwide issues. The problem of Anambra election doesn’t name for the IGP to deploy such variety of policemen to the state.

If the Nigerian Authorities had listened to concepts and recommendations that so many individuals together with the precise group, HURIWA, NGOs and different stakeholders have been making over some years now, there wouldn’t be want for this.

“We now have been calling on the federal government to reform the police however the authorities appears to be very comfy with the dysfunctional police.

“Nigeria doesn’t even have an correct information of actual variety of what number of policemen are serving in a specific space. They’re solely utilizing fathom statistics to siphon public fund. There isn’t any statistics to say we’ve got about 3,000 policemen in Benue State or 4,000 officers in Kaduna State so the variety of personnel the IGP has declared that they’re sending to Anambra might not even be correct.

“They could simply ship like 5,000 policemen and inform Nigerians that they’ve mobilized over 34,000. The best way the police service fee was arrange, clearly reveals that it was established to not work”.

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Celebration, PDP who spoke to DAILY POST from Ozubulu Native Authorities Space of Anambra State, Chief Emeka backed the IGP, stating that the state has been enveloped with safety disaster for the reason that starting of the yr.

He, nevertheless, warned towards alleged plans by some political get together to make the most of the safety scenario within the state to rig the November election, saying all the world is watching.

“Since January this yr, Anambra State has not been the identical, there have been killings in lots of elements of the state. As I communicate to you, many residents have vowed to stay indoors on the election day.

“So if there may be something the federal government is doing to take away worry from the voters, I feel that must be a welcome improvement. However they need to notice that we’re all set for the election, Nigerians are watching, the world is watching; no physique can rig Anambra election so whoever is planning that ought to rescind,”Chief Emeka added.

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