Bomb Scare Panic INEC Secretariat — Metro Anambra Election

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The scare is coming five days to the governorship election in the state scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017 and when the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra had threatened to hinder the poll, saying what the people needed was a referendum to determine if they wanted a sovereign state of Biafra and not a governorship election.

According to the statement, members of IPOB, who had promised to disrupt the election, were warned to keep off the state in their own interest, adding that the police would not tolerate any act of lawlessness, before, during after the election in the state or anywhere in the country.

In addition, other security and safety agencies, which are members of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the state are also deployed to complement the Police.

The IPOB spokesperson said their demonstration was meant to notify the federal government that the group is alive.

The group said instead of watching out for disturbances from IPOB, Anambra people should better be careful of security agents who have been dispatched to the state to kill and maim its citizens. Let no one be afraid or in doubt; the election will hold on November 18, and will be free and credible.

"A country like Nigeria riddled with institutionalised injustice can not conduct a free and fair election". We will not participate, we will not vote.

"Sequel to forthcoming governorship election, I hereby inform the general public that the election petition tribunal for governorship in Anambra has been constituted".

"IPOB Intelligence Unit has uncovered plans by APC to import voters from Imo State with the help of Rochas Okorocha". Come vote and die. "As you know, the police are the first line of security and we can not usurp their role", Mr. Musa said.

"On no account must any vehicles pass through Anambra State because some politicians at the payroll of Fulani caliphate are hell-bent on causing trouble on the 18 by importing alien voters into Anambra State".

The report, however, explained that with the determination of the state to conduct the election, it is likely to be conducted as planned as arrangements for massive deployment of security forces have already been concluded.

The coalition also urged all security agents on election duty in the state to be properly tagged with conspicuously displayed and worn names and code numbers.

The statement also declared that Commissioners of Police and personnel in the states contiguous to Anambra State have been put on red-alert not to allow an influx of miscreants and thugs into Anambra State.

"We can not completely rule out the possibility of IPOB trying to disrupt the polls as they have been accused of harassing political party stalwarts and candidates, including a confrontation with incumbent Governor Willie Obiano during a church service on July 30, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Ekwuluobia", the report said.

APGA said that with level of political consciousness in Anambra State such antics of undemocratic elements will not be tolerated by the People. "Voters are therefore implored to turn out en masse, without fear of intimidation, and freely cast their votes", he said.

In a statement signed by the President Electorl commission in the state, Dr. Nkwachkwu Orji, he denied the rumour of missing sensitive election material.

"The destruction of lives and property can not be entirely ruled out at this stage as the group may not only resort to confronting the security forces but may also attempt disrupting the elections".

He said, "The stakeholders meeting in Anambra State has been fixed for Tuesday, November 14. We need to boycott the elections to avoid giving their government legitimacy and only presence of federal government in Nigeria military and police".

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