Awka - No fewer than 3 000 security personnel have been mobilised for the Anambra gubernatorial election, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Command in Anambra, DSP. Emeka Chukwuemeka, said this when he spoke to NAN in Awka on Thursday.
He said that out of this figure, 240 personnel who were mobilised from other states had been deployed to each of the three senatorial zones to beef up security in the areas.
According to him, the larger number is meant to provide adequate security for the polls and not to intimidate voters.
``High security personnel in the state were to ensure that anybody who wants to vote goes around without fear or intimidation from anybody,” he said
Emeka said the police personnel were drawn from across the country, that Deputy Inspector General of Police, Philemon Leha, had arrived to ensure that the election witnessed no security hitches
Some resident told NAN that presence of security operatives in the state was a welcome development, while others described the scenario as scary.
One of the residents of Awka, Okechukwu Madu, said that the presence of security operatives was frightening.
Another resident, Chiamaka Obi, said the presence of the security personnel was fine, but that it was too much compared to previous elections in the state.
Obi said that the people started noticing the huge presence of the security officers since November 11.
She said her expectation was that the heavy security deployment would not produce a negative effect on the election.