The men of the Nigerian Army are seen patrolling various strrets in Akwa in the early hours of yesterday ahead of the November 6 governorship election in the state.
A pro-Biafra group the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had before now threatened to lock down Anambra and other parts of the South-East by ordering a sit-at-home for six days – including the day of the election – if its detained leader Nnamdi Kanu is not released. It is unlikely that the Nigerian government will release Kanu, and there are concerns that the secessionists may attempt to disrupt the election by attacking voters and electoral officials in the process.
The Nigerian government has vowed to go ahead with the election with President Muhammadu Buhari ordering heads of the country’s security agencies to ensure the success of the poll at all costs.
The Nigerian Police said they had deployed over 34,000 officers for the poll with men of the NSCDC also on ground to ensure a smooth and successful election.