After its alleged death threat to eligible voters in the November 18 Anambra State governorship election went viral, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described the information as false.
This came as the Nigeria Police Force announced an additional 26,000 police officers to the 21,000 it earlier planned to mobilize for the election.
According to a statement issued by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in Awka on Sunday, the instruction to its members was to boycott the election as ‘a form of civil disobedience’, not to disrupt it or harm anyone who chooses to participate as being speculated in a widely circulated video last week.
He noted that the threat of violence against the people of the state during the election was being sponsored by some leaders in the Southeastern part of the country to discredit the IPOB.
“We insist on total boycott of all election because voting in Anambra or any other elections in Nigeria is an exercise in futility since Aso Rock has already decided who it wants to be sworn in as governor of the state.
“Risking one’s life to go and vote on Saturday, with trigger-happy Hausa/Fulani soldiers looking for a Biafran to kill, is a risky adventure not worth undertaking by any sane person,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, has ordered the deployment of additional 26,000 police personnel to augment the 21,000 originally mobilized for the Anambra governorship election, holding on Saturday.
The development was contained in a statement by the Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood.
According to him, the composition of the contingents would include police special forces, Police Mobile Force ( PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit ( CTU), Special Protection Unit ( SPU), Anti Bomb Squad, Marine Police, Force Armament Unit, FCIID, Mounted Troops, Dogs Section, Police Gun Boats and the Armoured Personnel Carriers ( APC).
The police spokesperson also informed that the members of the team, who are under strict instruction to be civil and polite in the discharge of their duties, will be led by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations. The DIG will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police.
Adding, the FPRO said a Commissioner of Police will be assigned to man each of the three senatorial districts of the state, while about 303 police patrol vehicles were among the operational vehicles deployed to cover the entire state, including the riverine areas.
Moshood warned the outlawed IPOB and its members from attempting a disruption of the exercise as he stated that there would restriction of vehicular movement in and out of the state from midnight on Nov. 17 till after the voting period on the day on the election.