Friday September 24, 2021 1:34 AM

Anambra Decides: Military everywhere you turn as tight security takes centre stage

Security has been fully taken care of in Anambra state. Mostly due to the threats issues by the Indigenous Poeple of Biafra (IPoB)

No fewer than 36 political parties and candidates are participating in the election being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

And election is holding in 4,608 polling units in the 21 council areas with report that heavily armed security operatives were seen in all the units and council areas visited.

The Niger Bridge has been closed by the Military, also the security operatives refused people not participating in the election access on Onitsha-Enugu Expressway as well as Oye-Agu/Abagana junction linking communities on the Onitsha road.

At popular Borrowmew Roundabout in Onitsha, there was heavy presence of Army, Police and NSCDC operatives who refused every unaccredited vehicle passage.

The combine team of security personnel comprising Army, Police, NSCDC, Immigration and others blocked the River Niger Head Bridge, Onitsha, in line with no entry directive announced before the election.

One of the Military personnel said under anonymity that only accredited vehicles were allowed to pass through the road block.

In Ifite-Awka, Okpuno, Amawbia, Nibo and Umudioka, all in Awka South Local Government, security personnel were seen at all the major junctions and polling units.

At Aroma Junction in Awka, Joshua Ejimbi, the INEC presiding officer, said that he was happy with the level of security at the his centre.

David Anyamele, a local observer from the Centre for Citizens with Disability, also corroborated the position of Ejimbi on security and applauded various security organisations for massive deployment of their personnel for the election.

 

In Ekwulobia, Nene, Nri, Ozubulu, Aguleria, Umuleri, and Nnewi areas, heavily armed security personnel were seen in all the polling units visited while major junctions were also seen manning the entry and exist points.

In Aguata, Orumba North and South areas, security personnel were seen searching bags of voters especially females who came to polling units with hand bags.

The police deployed 26,ooo while Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Commission deployed 14,000 and 2,000 operatives, respectively.

Some 37 parties are fielding candidates in Anambra to try to wrest power from governor Willie Obiano, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, who is seeking a second term.

 

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