By Sumaila Ogbaje
The national security adviser, the retired major-general. Babagana Monguno instructed security agencies to be professional against provocations by troublemakers during the election of Governor of Anambra on November 6.
Monguno issued the warning by briefing reporters after a General Security Assessment Committee meeting with department heads and heads of other agencies in Abuja on Tuesday.
He warned those planning to stir up trouble during the election to rethink, adding that security agencies would ensure the people of Anambra elect their next governor without any hard feelings.
According to him, the Anambra elections will see the joint deployment of all security agents across the state.
“Mr. President has been informed of the efforts made to ensure peaceful elections without destruction of life and property.
“Our intentions, our aspirations, are to ensure that the elections do not lead to anything undesirable; any bloodshed, violence, intimidation, coercion or even terrorize the population of Anambra.
“It is their fundamental right to vote and to choose whoever they want as governor and they should not be denied that right,” he said.
More importantly, he said, they should not be placed in a situation where they would hesitate to go out and vote.
“Ours is to inspire confidence throughout the South East, especially in Anambra state to ensure that nothing happens to the people who come to vote,” he said.
Mungono also warned all security officers to use restraint in the face of the provocation by acting in a professional manner.
“Security agencies have also been asked to show the highest level of professionalism, restraint, discipline and respect for what is written in the law.
“They have to be careful not to let themselves be provoked.
“It’s because we made them understand that they owe it to themselves to stay alive.
“So they’re not going to go out there and sit down and let themselves be hurt but at the same time they will have to work with the community, the political leaders to make sure that there is nothing theatrical.
“We were assured by the police commissioner and the armed forces put everything in place to be the second layer to ensure that lives are not lost.
“The police have been mandated to ensure that the elections are held without hard feelings,” he added.
For his part, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali, allayed the fear of citizens and urged them to come out to exercise their civic rights on election day.
He assured them that the police would behave in accordance with the laws of the land and ensure that the people of Anambra state were protected.
“Election security is a civil responsibility that we will provide to the people of Anambra to exercise their rights.
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