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Anambra : Police to withdraw personnel from candidates

By  Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—ANAMBRA State Police Command said yesterday that all the police personnel attached to the candidates of the various political parties contesting the February 6 governorship election in the state would be withdrawn on the eve of the election.

The Command also said that although the local vigilante groups had been incorporated as part of the security outfit in the state as they work in collaboration with the police, they would be disarmed before the election as directed by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Philemon Leha said in an interview in Awka, that the only person, who would use police on the day of the election is the incumbent Governor, whose use of the police would be limited to going to vote and monitoring the exercise.

The reason, he explained, was to avoid a possible abuse of available security. He, however, warned against the use of thugs by the candidates, adding that the use of thugs was one of the reasons for some of the reported clashes during rallies in the state.

He added that candidates who do not have police attached to them were free to apply immediately because the command would treat all the candidates equally.

According to him, the Command received information that the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, was setting up a camp at Otuocha in Anambra East Local Government Area, where about 120 people were being trained for possible disruption of the election, noting that the group dispersed before securityoperatives  got there.


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