Ikpeazu Impressed With Abia Polls, Advocates Electronic Voting

 Ikpeazu Impressed With Abia Polls, Advocates Electronic VotingAbia state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has advocated the use of electronic voting systems in the state for future elections.

He said this after commending the conduct of the electoral process of the local government election which took place on December 21.

Although reports from officials said there seemed to be lack of enthusiasm on the path of voters, asides other hitches, the governor believes the turnout was rather impressive because of the strategy put in place by the electoral umpire in the state.

“Some of the people you see around may have voted, it does not mean when you see them outside the polling booth attending to their businesses, that indicates that the turnout was not impressive.

“I think people are voting and going about their lawful duties, the method adopted by ABSIEC enables one to vote at his/her will and not to cluster in one place.

“I rather commend that going forward, even as we are voting, we can also attend to our legitimate businesses, and if we imbibe electronic voting system it will be better”.

The opposition candidate on the other hand, described the conduct of the election as a scam and called for the cancellation of the entire exercise because according to them, “ABSIEC did not adequately prepare to give Abians a free and fair election”.

A Chairmanship candidate, Nkemakolam Ogene, blamed the police and electoral umpire for the lapses, such as delay of electoral materials and even some voters began to lament that they had already been disenfranchised.

The police however countered the claims, stating that there were adequate security and personnel on ground but the people were foot dragging and slowing down the process.

Lamenting, Ogene said: “ABSIEC fixed a date for this election, they are supposed to be prepared, it is a shame to note that they are bringing the materials now and the time is about three o’clock and election is ending by four o’clock.

“Are we going to cast our votes in the night when our elders, are tired and have gone home, the only explanation given by the ABSIEC official for this gross misconduct is that he does not have adequate security but we were told that adequate security was made for this election and the official that is supposed to come here is saying that from the local government headquarters to the polling booth, there is no provision of security to escort the materials.

“So I am saying that the election should be cancelled and rescheduled because this is not an election”.

Police Commissioner, Oyebade Adeleye, refuting the statement said:

“I went there personally, I was at Ubakala, Umuahia South LGA and the recordings made can testify to it.

“The people were foot dragging and signal and body language suggest that they did not want to go on with the exercise.

“I did try to talk to them that there is security; so, that version of inadequate police is not correct,” he added.

Amidst collation of results and call by the opposition to cancel the exercise, the people are anxiously waiting to see where the tides would rest.

Police Beef Up Security Ahead Of Abia LG Elections

Army Colonel Murdered In His Residence In IbadanThe Nigeria Police Force says it has made adequate provision for security in Abia State to ensure a peaceful local government election scheduled for December 21.

The Abia State Police Command Headquarters in Umuahia was a beehive of activities on Tuesday, as the personnel prepare for the council polls.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Oyebade Adeleye, told reporters that measures had been put in place to ensure a hitch-free and peaceful election.

According to him, the non-restriction of movement had made the command to beef up adequate security to all the perimeter where the election would be holding as well as all the polling booth to prevent any lynching.

He disclosed that all aides attached to any politicians had been withdrawn, as the personnel have been directed to exhibit professionalism.

To Prevent Any Lynching

Mr Adeleye assured Abians of security while urging them to partner with the police during the election by calling the numbers on the control room in case of any ugly incident.

He said: “What we have done is that the perimeter where the election would be holding would have adequate security and also in all the polling booth to prevent any lynching.

“The Safer Highways have been strategically stationed at the highways to ensure safety of commuters before, during and after the elections.

“Personnel have been posted to all the soft target to ensure that no ugly incident is recorded and we would be working with other sister agencies to share information and provide security.

“We have created an intensive patrol to cover all the nook and crannies of the state and all the rural areas where elections would be holding”.

According to him, police mobile men have been deployed to cover the collation centres at the local government headquarters alongside the personnel of counter terrorism unit.

“I can assure you that with the arrangement in place, I am very optimistic that we are going to exhibit all professionalism to ensure that we have a credible election.

“I want you to know that disciplinary measures have been put in place for any officer that would misbehave and I am not going to compromise on that, as I have urged them to conduct themselves properly,” the state police boss told reporters.

He further assured the residents that they had nothing to fear, as they go about to exercise their constitutional right, promising that the police will ensure peaceful and hitch free election.

Police Nab 25 Criminals In Abia

Police-Arrest-Army-official-in-Imo-StateThe Abia State Police Commissioner, Oyebade Adeleye said that the command has strategically put in place measures that would guide against abduction of school students from their dormitory or on the way home.

He made this statement at the Police Headquarters in Bende Road, Umuahia, during the parade of suspected criminals who were accused of being involved in various hideous crimes that include rape, murder, armed robbery, stealing and snatching of vehicles amongst many others.

The items recovered from them include televisions, phones, money, AK-47 rifles, live ammunition, locally made pistols and two vehicles.

According to the CP, the suspects, if found guilty, would be arraigned in court to face the full wrath of law.

One of the suspects is a 23-year-old motorcycle operator from Lokpaukwu, carrying the picture of the lifeless body of the 65-year-old victim whom he allegedly raped and later murdered. He refused to admit to the crime.

Another suspect is Nwaka Aka from Owo Ahia Afor in Obingwa Local Government Area, who specializes in buying stolen goods from an armed robber.

The Police Commissioner hinted that the command is also making efforts to prevent abduction and kidnapping in the schools across the state.

He urged all and sundry to partner with them by volunteering information at all times.