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Anambra poll : Police ‘ll be neutral — Onovo

By  Tony Edike

ENUGU—INSPECTOR General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, yesterday ruled out the possibility of policemen and other security agencies deployed for Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State helping or aiding any candidate to win the election, saying the primary task of the security personnel would be to ensure that the citizens were not disenfranchised.

“There is no question of partnering with any candidate. We don’t belong to any political party. We are policemen. And our duty is to ensure that citizens are not disenfranchised. We are to maintain security and give every citizen the opportunity to use his or her voter’s card.

“And let me assure you that policemen will be everywhere. 23,000 policemen including those on the ground in Anambra State will be deployed.  Every nook and cranny of Anambra State will be covered. We have helicopters in the air and of course our marine section will also be there to monitor the riverine areas. It is going to be tough but I assure you, we are on top of it,” the police chief told newsmen at the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, yesterday.

Onovo, who was on his way to Anambra State to address policemen that would be involved in Saturday election, said necessary measures had been put in place to identify policemen who would be on election duty, explaining that they will wear tags that would identify them.  He said that any political thug that showed up during the election will be picked up immediately and prosecuted later.

He said, “there will be no question of snatching of ballot boxes in Anambra. We will not give room for that. We will be there on the ground. And if they even try it, it will not be necessary because INEC took good measures to ensure that if they snatch a ballot box, it will not be of any use.”


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