Anambra guber poll: Police dismiss IPOB threat

Photo: TodayNG
Photo: TodayNG

The police in Anambra on Saturday said no person or group could stop the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra.

The Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Garba Umar, said this in Awka while reacting to the call by the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) on residents of the state to boycott the November 18 governorship election.

Mr. Umar told journalists that he only heard about the said call for boycott of the election in the media, adding that IPOB had not claimed responsibility.

He gave an assurance that the police would ensure a peaceful election in the state.

“We have the capacity to provide a peaceful atmosphere in Anambra State for that election.

“I have not heard from IPOB that it would stop the election apart from what was published in the media. But that is for the media.

“Nobody or group can issue such threat and succeed because we have all it will take to subdue such threat.

“The people of the state have the right to have periodic elections to choose their leaders; nobody or group can stop them from exercising such right. We can’t allow it.

“We are fully on the ground and we can suppress such threats,” he said.

Mr. Umar, who assumed office in the state on June 21, said consultations were on in the state to ensure a peaceful poll.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that political parties and Ohanaeze, the apex Igbo socio-cultural body, had cautioned IPOB after it called for the boycott of the guber poll. (NAN)


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  • ita ekpo

    We shall see if voting na by force. All the one where we don vote wetin be our gain. No bi killing Abi dem no go remember say we no want their killing again. Papa mama where commut go vote una no get SHAME. For this people where only know una in election time. So you go tell me say you yourself you no like freedom. Where your Pekin go enjoy where e bi the only good foundation. Where you yourself build down for your children and children children come. Na the blessing where your pikin e go dey said if no bi that mama. When take money you keep suffer and agony and oppression for them. If Hausa fulani can call their people sit to talk and all come to one voice. What is our own problem we can not take advise from big or small Boy. As long as what he is doing is going for the interest of your children. If we are not keep pride and big manism out. We will be in suffer forever. Which I pray God to wash away the evil mind in jesus name. Amen.
    We should not come the one in front then we become back. May our front be forever and ever more. Amen.

    • Alex

      We will see if it is by force to vote, except for bribing, which will also fail

  • Abdullah Musa

    There are three ways IPOB can ‘stop’ any election in South east:
    1) they can urge voters not to come out. But politicians will consider it manna from heavens and stuff the ballot boxes.
    2) they can unleash violence or threaten one to intimidate voters. But whatever votes are collected the status quo remains.
    3) the third way is not stopping the election per se, but choosing a party and participating in the elections.
    By so doing they can send senators, reps to National Assembly for the actualisation of their agenda democratically.
    Most importantly, an IPOB governor should show super governance, making a bandwagon effect over South east possible.
    But the third option may not be attractive to IPOB, they seem more inclined to destroy than build.

    • Alex

      we will see if it is by force to vote

      • Abdullah Musa

        And we have seen that you comment without reading or understanding.
        Do you kmow that in one European country refusing to vote was a punishable offence?

        • ita ekpo

          Which european is that.what kind of offence is that. Are you telling me is by force to vote. When i suffer to go and vote what gain will I receive from those politician. Is it whereby when they see me on the run they can give me right. Since my papa started voting for them died. As the son I still grow up to vote the voting. If you can see my place. Is just like we don’t have member in the house. While others member stand to defend their town. For our own you can not say nothing. The next thing you see koboko killing and intimidation. We are tired of this nonsense. If I don’t go to school does that one mean the teach should come to my home to beat me. Don’t try to threaten us with European action. One we are africans and our culture is far more difference. Vote will the dead biafrans vote too. If they will vote then I will be there to vote. Because the same people who is the one looking for our vote.

          • Abdullah Musa

            The democratic process mwy not yiekd the desired result, but it is your fault if you cannot control those you elected.
            May be Biafra will be ruled by Eze Kanu, no election, no debate.
            That will be the real zoo.

        • ita ekpo

          What do you want to understand more than vote. What difference is what I said compare to what you are talking. No vote in biafra land. How many people kill for this cause. If one come to your home to kill your brother plus your father and mother. Will you tell the court to set him free.

        • Alex

          Wow, refusing to vote is a punishable offence, where, please? I think it’s only possible in Nizooria. nevertheless, you guys should build more prisons that’ll be able to accommodate those who will not be voting on that day

        • Alex

          Hahahaha cows will always prove whom they are! are you in a dictatorship regime? for your info refusing to vote is a legal weapon for self-determination for indigenous people approved by the UN itself. Go and make your research. It is also known as civil disobedience. Welcome to Nizooria, the land where cows rules

  • Abdullah Musa

    Goodluck to your Biafra where rabid dogs will rule.
    Give me a cow any day: for its meat, its milk, its hide, even its horn.
    I wonder why your Chiefs do not use pigtail as symbol of authority?