Just days to the Anambra governorship election, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has withdrawn the security aides of Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, saying they will “be returned to him early Sunday morning after the governorship election on Saturday Nov.18”.
Obiano had raised the issue while speaking on Tuesday at an election stakeholders meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying he wanted his security details returned “immediately”.
He said the withdrawal was a sign of high-level intrigue ahead of the election.
“I want my security details returned immediately because I am going to start a fight from there,” he said.
“I am the governor of Anambra state and all the paraphernalia of my office must be there.
“This is unacceptable and a sign of what will happen. Those behind this would be disappointed because we are very ready for the election”, the governor added.
But Idris, while responding, said the withdrawal of the security aides attached to Obiano was to prevent the re-occurrence of events of past elections.
Idris gave the explanation also during the INEC Awka election stakeholders’ forum.
The IGP said the withdrawal was based on the previous experience whereby the military caught an ADC to an unnamed governor escorting a vehicle loaded with arms on election day.
“We do not mean anything bad to Anambra governor on this action; his ADC will be returned to him early Sunday morning after the governorship election on Saturday Nov.18.
“We have equally withdrawn all the policemen attached to political appointees, local government chairmen and others in Anambra till after the election,” he said.
Idris also said the police had deployed 26,000 personnel, 300 vehicles, three helicopters and 15 gunboats for the poll.
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