There are 221 police officers attached to Anambra state governor Willie Obiano, the Nigerian Police Force has announced.
The statement comes after Obiano claimed that his security aides had been withdrawn during a meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“I want my security details returned immediately because I am going to start a fight from there,” Obiano stated.
“I am the governor of Anambra state and all the paraphernalia of my office must be there. This is unacceptable and a sign of what will happen. Those behind this would be disappointed because we are very ready for the election,” he added.
“The true position of the matter is that the Aide-De-Camp or any other Police Officer attached to His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State was not withdrawn,” the Force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement.
“On Tuesday, 14th November, 2017, the ADC and CSO to the Governor were called to the Police Command Headquarters in Awka to attend IGP’s lecture with all other Police Personnel deployed for the Election, which was also attended by the Heads of other Security and Safety Agencies participating in the security arrangement for the election under the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the State.
“The ADC and CSO returned a few hours later after the lecture, same date, to their duty posts in Government House, Awka, Anambra State.”
According to Moshood, the personnel composed of one ADC, one CSO, one Unit Commander from 45 Police Mobile Force ( PMF), one Administration Officer, to administer the Police Personnel.
It also includes 43 personnel of PMF, from 29 PMF and 54 PMF, 62 personnel of PMF from 45 PMF, 46 Personnel of Special Protection Unit (SPU) and 66 Personnel of Conventional Police Men.
“Obviously, the total number of Two Hundred and Twenty One (221) Police Personnel attached to His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State is more than the strength of some Police Area Commands in some states of the country,” the police spokesperson said.
He added, “This is done to ensure optimum safety and protection of the Executive Governor of Anambra State.”
Why does anybody whose conscience is clear have 221 policemen around him?