By Our Correspondent
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has reportedly cancelled its one week sit-at-home order in South-East Nigeria scheduled to begin on Friday ahead of Anambra State Governorship election on Saturday. This follows the intervention of elders, traditional and religious leaders in the region.
IPOB therfore explains that it does not expect anybody to observe, monitor or enforce the suspended order otherwise such action will be considered a rebellion.
IPOB calls on people of Anambra State to “go out enmasse and peacefully exercise their franchise” to choose a leader of their choice and should not be intimidated by anybody, group of persons or security agents.
IPOB says its activities “can not by under any guise be seen to be interfering with any electoral process”; warns that “No rigging of any kind will be tolerated on the Anambra State governorship election”
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB calls on people of Anambra State to vote on Saturday in the Governorship election “and standby to protect their votes”
Meanwhile the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in the state.
The IGP in a statement issued on Thursday said the restriction is part of measures aimed at protecting the sanctity of the electoral process on November 6.
According to the statement, there would be no movement of vehicles in and out of Anambra State from 11:59 pm on Friday, November 5 to 11:59 pm on Saturday, November 6.
“The IGP noted that the restriction order has become necessary following pointers from the Election Security Threats Assessments conducted by the Force which indicate a high likelihood of infiltration by criminally-minded individuals to Anambra State, before, during and after the polls,” the statement read.
“The IGP further noted that the measure would also avail security forces a firm grip of the State to checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts, and prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs throughout the period and beyond.”