Mr Echeng Echeng, the Anambra Commissioner of Police has commended residents of the state for the peaceful conduct of Saturday’s governorship election.
Echeng said this during a press briefing in Awka on Sunday, November 7.
“It is on record that we have witnessed one of the most peaceful elections in recent times in the country.
“I can beat my chest on that,” he said.
Echeng said that the police did not witness a security breach during the election across the state.
“The election was peaceful and we had no incident of violence, ballot snatching or fighting in any polling unit in the state.
“The election in terms of security was marvellous,” he said.
Echeng attributed the success of the election to teamwork by security agencies in Anambra state.
“We synergied with sister security agencies and made sure it was incident-free; we held meetings over a long period of time preparing for the election; and it paid off,” he said.
Echeng said that the peaceful conduct of the election had proven that Anambra was one of the most peaceful states in the country.
“Prior to the election, I have been telling people that Anambra is one of the most peaceful states in the country; and the peaceful conduct of the election has proven that,” he said.
Echeng, however, acknowledged that there were some hitches during the election; due to the malfunctioning of some Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) gadgets.
“Wherever you have hitches during the election, it was not based on security problem; rather it was based on problems associated with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) equipment.
“I think we deserve commendation,” he said
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Sunday, November 7, alleged that suspected herdsmen attacked some communities in Enugu State; while the Anambra State governorship election was going on.
IPOB disclosed that the attack was, however, repelled; by its militia arm, the Eastern Security Network, ESN.
This was contained in a statement issued by Emma Powerful; the IPOB spokesman, who assured the people of the Southeast that ESN would not allow Fulani terrorists to occupy the region.