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Anambra: IPOB denies threat to disrupt poll

14 Novembre 2017

"We will put Anambra state on lockdown on November 18". Don't go out, stay in your house.

But in a video clip that has gone viral, a man could be heard saying that anybody who comes out to vote "will die".

In their statement, the human rights groups said that residents willing to participate by voting in the election should be armed with their voters' cards and avoid acts of violence capable of undermining the smooth conduct of the exercise.

"If you vote you will die".

Meanwhile, Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) also known as the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), led by Ralph Uwazuruike, has claimed that those members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that held the procession in the major roads of Onitsha were imported from other southeast states just to come and cause confusion and leave knowing that the election must hold.

The state's governorship election is scheduled to hold on Saturday.

On Friday, some members of IPOB threatened to kill people in Anambra State who vote in the election. No free and fair elections have ever been conducted in Nigeria's history, so Anambra State can not be an exception.

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The Project manager of YIAGA, Cynthia Mbamalu, stated this in Awka, Anambra State at a press conference to update newsmen on the group's activities concerning the poll.

"We will want to appeal to all the contestants to play by the rules and also speak to their supporters on the need to have a peaceful election".

"The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Department of Operations of the Force has been deployed in the state and will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police and three Commissioners of Police to be in charge of each senatorial district, to coordinate the security operations and supervise the deployment of security personnel for the elections throughout the state".

It added that no armed security personnel would be allowed within the polling units, adding that armed police detachments on patrol vehicles would patrol the streets and other locations throughout the state to prevent crime. This is the highest militarized election in the history of civilian-civilian democratic polls in any part of the world.

"It is also a truism that the modern concept of election rigging is rooted in poll militarization, which creates poll insecurity by threatening and scaring away voters from polling booths".

He described the renewed threat as an attempt by miscreants to stampede the will of the people using baseless intimidation in pursuit of their selfish ends. The state police public relations officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, while reacting to IPOB's march, insists that the group would not have any effect on the election. All adequate measures to checkmate the excesses of IPOB and other unlawful groups with regard to the Anambra election are already fully in place.

In a statement issued yesterday by APGA's National Director of Publicity, Ifeanacho Oguejiofor, the party enjoined INEC to provide a level playing field for the 37 political parties that are participating in the forthcoming election.

Anambra: IPOB denies threat to disrupt poll