Election: Anambra Witnesses Too-Tight Security


The people of Anambra voted amid too-tight security in the Saturday governorship election held in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recorded that about 36 political parties and candidate participated in the election being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

NAN correspondents who visited the 4,608 polling units in the 21 council areas report that every pooling unit was with heavily armed security operatives guiding each of the units.

NAN reports that the security operatives didn’t  allow voters who were 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 a heavy presence of army, police and NSCDC operatives who stops every unaccredited vehicle passage.

NAN reports that 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 told NAN under anonymity that only accredited vehicles were allowed to pass through the roadblock else it is stopped by the military personnel.

In Ifte-Awka, Okpuno, Amawbia, Nibo and Umudioka, all in Awka South Local Government, security personnel were seen at all the main junctions and polling units as to ensure safety.

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

Mr. David Anyamele, a local observer from the Centre for Citizens with Disability, also support the position of Ejimbi on security and applauded various security organizations for a massive contribution of their personnel towards the election.

Mr Nduka Ilechukwu, a voter, said the presence of security personnel at his St Martin Ihiala polling unit encouraged many people to take part in the exercise.

Ilechukwu said there was perturbation before the election that the election might be disrupted but the number of police and other security men presence in all the polling units had restored the confidence of the masses to come out and vote.

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 exit points.

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

In Oyi and Njikoka council areas, the security was too-tight and Rep. Gozie Nwamkpa described the security as a perfect one.

NAN reports that the police deployed 26,000 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. (NAN)

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