It’s few days to the governorship election but fresh tension is brewing in the air as four mobile policemen were reportedly killed by unknown gunmen. Reports said that the unidentified armed men opened fire on police operatives at Oraifite community in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra state. The attack which occurred in the early hours of Thursday, November 4, has heightened anxiety among security personnel on election duty and residents of the state. It was further gathered that the hoodlums also made away with the dead officers’ weapons. Oraifite is about 46Kms to the capital, Awka. Efforts to confirm the exact number of casualties in the attack failed.
Meanwhile, it had earlier been reported that the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Bishop Matthew Kukah, has challenged the people of Anambra state to take their destinies into their hands in making this weekend’s governorship election free, fair and credible poll. Bishop Kukah, the Convener, National Peace Committee, spoke on the sideline at the stakeholders meeting in Awka on Wednesday, emphasizing that the people of Anambra are homogeneous culturally and religious to allow the election to divide them. According to Kukah who is the the Convener, National Peace Committee, it is necessary for the people to vote the candidate of their choice.
In a related development, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Akali Baba, vowed that the Nigeria Police Force and other sister agencies would see to the success of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state. The IG who was speaking during a workshop organised by Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, Johnson Babatunde Kokomo, said he was affirmative that the Anambra election would be successful.