Police in Anambra State barred non-state actors, including operatives of of the Anambra Vigilante Services from involving themselves in Saturday’s House of Assembly election in the area.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of election duties in Anambra State, Mr Aderemi Adeoye stated this on Friday shortly after having a meeting with other heads of security chiefs and sister agencies at the state command headquarters, Amawbia.
Mr Adeoye said police personnel have been adequately mobilized for the election, and operatives of the state vigilante services are not permitted to engage in any election duty by way of guarding VIPs, intimidating voters or trying to coerce them against their wish, and that any one arrested for that would be dealt with.
The CP election who said he was briefing journalists on behalf of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 13, AIG Rudolf Obe Echebi, told the people that the police was ready to provide a safe environment for free and fair election in Anambra.
“We will also provide security for the people of the state, and they should feel free to go out and vote in the election.
The Commissioner of Police also noted that the command will implement the directive by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, on restriction of all forms of vehicular movement on roads, waterways, and other forms of transportation from 12midnight to 6:00p.m. on election day.
He however said it was with the exception of those on essential services and other emergency situations like emergencies to hospitals among other situations.
The Police Commissioner, Adeoye told newsmen that adequate arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of Anambra people and that the police will ensure that the environment is safe for people to come out and cast their votes.
Radio Nigeria Correspondent Uche Ndeke reports that the Commissioners of police in charge of the three senatorial zones of the state were present during the briefing.