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ANAMBRA 2018: Police, others battle ready as IPOB threatens voters

14 November 2017

Members of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) group are now marching across major roads in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State ahead of the November 18, gubernatorial election in the state. To tell them that we are not miscreants, touts, criminals, toothless bulldog as they branded Biafrans.

Speaking in like manner, Sagir Musa, spokesperson for the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, which covers the South-east region, said troops have been placed on alert to tackle any breakdown of law and order during the election.

Meanwhile, in a press statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, the organization urged every Biafran, both home and overseas, particularly indigenes and friends, brothers and sisters living in Biafraland to prepare for the total boycott and lock down of Anambra State.

"We will put Anambra State on lockdown on November 18".

Powerful said, "Today IPOB Hardcore in Anambra marched in Onitsha to demonstrate our unbreakable resolve to restore Biafra, to prove that bullets can not stop IPOB".

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"If you vote you will die". No free and fair elections have ever been conducted in Nigeria's history, so Anambra State can not be an exception.

"Today in Onitsha, we broke the python Buratai, Ohanaeze, Obiano and Igbo governors brought to our land", Powerful basted.

The pro- Biafra group said a successful boycott of the election would compel the Nigeria authorities to quickly organise a referendum for Biafra exit.

The report explained that the assurance from 179 communities under the aegis of the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), is a positive sign that would facilitate mobilisation of voters.

"There are an additional 11,000 armed personnel of the Nigerian Security & Civil Defense Force (NSCDF) and 3,000 of its dogs, totaling 50,000 armed security personnel".

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"It is also a truism that the modern concept of election rigging is rooted in poll militarization, which creates poll insecurity by threatening and scaring away voters from polling booths".

"What this means is that the election would hold in many LGAs but it may witness poor voter turnout in the strongholds of IPOB in areas such as Ogbaru, Onitsha North and South, Oyi, and Idemili North and South", it said.

It, however, commended the deployment of huge security personnel to the state for Saturday's poll, saying it would boost voters' confidence.

In June, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB, said there would be no election in Anambra unless the federal government calls for a referendum.

The IPOB leadership, according to the groups, should desist from further threats of violence against the Anambra State voting population and restrict its appeal for an election boycott to voluntary appeal.

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No fewer than thirty-five political parties will be participating in Saturday's gubernatorial election.

ANAMBRA 2018: Police, others battle ready as IPOB threatens voters