Ihiala Supplementary Poll: Police Command Thanks Anambra People

…Says Reports of UGM Attack, Untrue

By Jude Atupulazi

The Anambra State Police Command has thanked the people of Ihiala LGA of Anambra State for conducting themselves peacefully at last Tuesday’s governorship supplementary election that took place in the area.

In a press statement signed by DSP Nkeiruka Nwode, Zonal PPRO/Head Media for the 2021 Anambra gubernatorial election, the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, Echeng Eworo Echeng, expressed happiness at the conduct of the masses, which, he said, aided in the achievement of a hitch free exercise.

His words, ‘I want to thank the people of Anambra State in general, and Ihiala people in particular, for responding to the civic call with all sense of decorum. The successful conduct of the election wouldn’t have been possible if not for the decision of the people of the state to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.’

On the viral claim that gunmen engaged security operatives in a three-hour shooting spree at Ihiala, the commissioner dismissed it as misleading, stating that what happened was that on getting grapevine information of the plan by some gunmen to attack the venues of the supplementary election, combined security operatives on patrol invaded their camp and dislodged them.

‘Security operatives took the battle to their hideout inside the forest which forced them to scamper for safety. There’s no casualty on the side of the operatives. To this effect, it’ll be important that owners of medical outlets report to the police anyone who may approach them for treatment of gunshot wounds,’ the commissioner stated in the release.