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Have a rethink, Monguno tells IPOB over plans to disrupt Anambra poll

NSA National Security Advisor Babagana Monguno advised those intending to disrupt the election of Anambra governor to rethink.

Monguno gave his opinion at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Advisory Committee on Election Security, ICCES, organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Monguno, who is also the co-chair of the ICCES, said that although the staff of the security agencies were instructed to act in a professional manner, they would not stand still and would not allow anyone to disrupt the elections.

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“I want to reassure the general public that the security agencies will do everything in their power to ensure that the people of Anambra state go through this exercise without incident.

“In the same vein of wanting to offer fraternal advice to our brothers and sisters in Anambra State who may want to use unorthodox means, methods and who are used to destabilizing an already delicate situation, to please , think again. .

“We are all impatient to achieve results in this election that will be acceptable to everyone.

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“I don’t think it will be helpful for anyone to go out and light something that might cause pain to the people of Anambra State, to the good people of Anambra State, to the loving people. of peace, in some disguise, please think again.

“The police, insofar as they have agreed to function in accordance with the requirements of their profession, will not stand idly by.

“We will not allow people to start looting, destroying public property and resorting not only to intimidation, terror, maybe arson and even homicide.

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“It will not be accepted. The police have been asked to monitor such elements. Because what you start, you don’t know how to add it.

“There is no need to embark on an exercise in self-delusion, futility or entanglement.

“Please I call on all of you, brothers, stay in your quarters, your local government and allow us to have peaceful elections,” Monguno said.

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The NSA also advised security personnel not to engage in any act that tarnishes the image of security agencies or undermines the process affecting collective efforts to have free elections in Anambra.

He said that the security personnel had been instructed to exercise the highest level of professionalism, patience, persistence, restraint, as well as to operate within the limits of the law, and not to show any tendency that would put in jeopardy the exercise.

He said security agencies should not only ensure a smooth exercise, but also ensure that they exercise their civil responsibility in an atmosphere devoid of resentment, apprehension, tension, anything that might lead suspicion or people ending up in court or even violence. .

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However, he advised INEC not to be deterred by its recent losses in various attacks on its facilities in the state.

Earlier in his remarks, INEC chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the commission is committed to moving forward with the November 6 elections.

Mr. Yakubu said that INEC’s preparations for the elections went smoothly.

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“Our deployment of non-sensitive equipment and staff training for the election are almost complete.

“The Commission successfully completed 12 of the 14 activities listed in the calendar and calendar of activities for the election published in January of this year.

“The two main activities are the last day of the campaign, at midnight on Thursday November 4 and election day which remains on Saturday November 6.

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“INEC is determined to proceed with the election of the Governor of Anambra State as scheduled.

“The safety and protection of voters, our staff, accredited observers, media and equipment are cardinal considerations in any election.

“We were assured by the security agencies of a secure environment for the election,” Yakubu said.

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Yakubu urged everyone to play their part to ensure a free, fair, credible and peaceful governor election in Anambra State.

He said Anambra Resident Election Commissioner Dr Nkwachukwu Orji and State Police Commissioner Echeng E. Echeng would brief the meeting on the level of preparations.

Mr. Yakubu praised the security agencies ‘continued support for INEC and the agencies’ high level of professional conduct during the elections.

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“Indeed, Edo and Ondo have become the norm for securing elections in Nigeria.

“The professionalism and neutrality shown by the security agencies in the two elections have been widely praised nationally and internationally.

“We are confident this will be replicated in Anambra State.”

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Mr. Yakubu also praised the support that INEC has received from religious, traditional and community leaders for peaceful elections.

“The Commission is also working with the National Peace Committee under the leadership of our respected former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, to engage all political parties and candidates for governorate election to commit to peace before, during and after the elections.

“We appreciate this broad support and I want to reassure registered voters in Anambra state that the choice of the next governor is in their hands,” Yakubu said.

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The newly sworn-in national commissioners of INEC were also present at the meeting.

They were Professor Kunle Ajayi, professor of political science at Ekiti State University; and Muhammad Kallah, retired professor of ecology and rangeland management at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, representing the South West and the North West respectively.

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