Willie Obiano, governor of Anambra, South-East Nigeria, has had his police security withdrawn by the authorities. Obiano is seeking re-election a governorship election four days from now. However, brahim Idris, the inspector-general of police, said the withdrawal of security to the governor aimed at forestalling their misuse as it was in past elections.
Idris gave the explanation during election stakeholders’ forum organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday in Awka.
Obiano had during the forum raised the alarm that he woke up on Tuesday morning to find that his ADC had been directed by the police high command to vacate him.
He said the directive had put his life in danger, describing the act as an unacceptable and unfair treatment to his person and office.
The governor noted that his standing for re-election did not remove the fact that he was the chief security officer of the state.
But the IGP said the withdrawal was based on the previous experience whereby the military caught an ADC to an unnamed governor escorting a vehicle loaded with arms on election day.
“We do not mean anything bad to Anambra governor on this action; his ADC will be returned to him early Sunday morning after the governorship election on Saturday Nov.18.
“We have equally withdrawn all the policemen attached to political appointees, local government chairmen and others in Anambra till after the election,” he said.
Idris also said the police force had deployed 26,000 personnel, 300 vehicles, three helicopters and 15 gunboats for the poll