The Nigerian government has dared the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over the group’s threat that the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State would not hold.
IPOB said the election would not hold if its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu was not released unconditionally by November 4.
Kanu has been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) after he was renditioned from Kenya to Nigeria by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The group had also said there would be a seven-day lockdown of the South-East Zone, called sit-at-home protest.
It had also warned residents of the zone against flouting the impending sit-at-home directive.
However, ahead of the election, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has ordered not less than 100 senior police officers to coordinate the provision of adequate security in the state.
The senior officers deployed in Anambra comprise two Deputy Inspectors General of Police, five Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, 14 Commissioners of Police, 31 Deputy Commissioners of Police and 48 Assistant Commissioners of Police to Anambra.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, disclosed that the officers would be led by the DIG in charge of Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Joseph Egbunike.
Egbunike led the panel that investigated the allegations against the suspended commander of the IGP Intelligence Response Team that he had shady dealings with a self-confessed internet fraudster, Abass Ramon, aka Hushpuppi.
The Force PRO said Egbunike will oversee the implementation of the Operation Order evolved from the Election Security Threat Assessment, to ensure peace and that citizens are able to perform their civic responsibilities without harassment.
He added that Egbunike will be assisted by the DIG in charge of Operations, Acting DIG Zaki Ahmed.
The statement added, “The Senior Officers are to coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three (3) Senatorial Districts, twenty-one (21) Local Government Areas and the 5720 polling units in Anambra State.”