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Anambra election: Non voters refused access to Onitsha-Enugu expressway, others

Governor Willie Obiano arrived his polling unit at Eri Primary Sch, 004 Otuocha 1
One of the military personnel told NAN under anonymity that only accredited vehicles were allowed to pass through the road block.

In Ifte-Awka, Okpuno, Amawbia, Nibo and Umudioka, all in Awka South Local Government, security personnel were seen at all the major junctions and polling units.

At Aroma Junction in Awka, INEC presiding officer, Mr. Joshua Ejimbi, told NAN that he was happy with the level of security at the centre.

A local observer from the Centre for Citizens with Disability, Mr. David Anyamele, also corroborated the position of Ejimbi on security and applauded various security organisations for massive deployment of their personnel for the election.

A voter, Mr. Nduka Ilechukwu, said the presence of security personnel at his St. Martin Ihiala polling unit encouraged many people to take part in the exercise.

Ilechukwu said there was apprehension before the election that it might be disrupted; but the number of police and other security men present in all the polling units had restored the confidence of the masses.

In Ekwulobia, Nene, Nri, Ozubulu, Aguleria, Umuleri, and Nnewi areas, heavily armed security personnel were seen in all the polling units visited; while major junctions were also manned at the entry and exist points.

In Aguata, Orumba North and South areas, security personnel were seen searching bags of voters, especially females, who came to polling units with handbags.

In Oyi and Njikoka council areas, the security was water-tight and Rep. Gozie Nwamkpa described the security as “perfect.”

NAN reports that the police deployed 26,ooo personnel, while the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Commission deployed 14,000 and 2,000 operatives respectively.

Some 37 parties are fielding candidates in Anambra to try to wrest power from Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, who is seeking a second term. (NAN)


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