Commissioner of Police in Anambra State Garba Umar has said the force would deal decisively with any individual or group that threatens to disrupt the forthcoming gubernatorial polls in Anambra.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had charged people of the state to not partake in the upcoming elections until a referendum is granted by the Federal Government.
In a statement after a meeting with heads of security agencies in Anambra State, Umar said security agencies will not sit back and watch hoodlums truncate the peace in the State.
Our attention has been drawn that some misguided elements have perfected plans to disrupt the relative peace through streets protests and to declare that the Anambra State Governorship Election Scheduled for November, 2017 will not hold.
This is to achieve their selfish political aggrandizement thereby threatening democratic processes causing serious security threats in Anambra State in particular, and the Country at large.
This is unacceptable and would not be tolerated. In as much as the Command and sister agencies respect the Right of individuals to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, we would however not fold our arms and watch disgruntled elements truncate the peace in the State which the Law Enforcement Agencies are working assiduously to maintain.
It is to be noted the Governorship Election has been scheduled for November, 2017 by the body responsible for elections in Nigeria and that is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); and is the only competent authority that can make any pronouncement regarding the conduct of elections.
The Police boss also assured the people of Anambra State that the elections will hold as scheduled peacefully and successfully.
Umar enjoined the public to go about their lawful business and disregard pronouncements made by IPOB.