Anambra State CouncilA of Traditional rulers has faulted the alleged comments made by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Mallami that the Federal Government may impose State of emergency in the State over security lapses.
In a release signed by the Chairman of the Council, Igwe Alfred Achebe of Onitsha and others, said though there are some security lapses in the State of recent, the Federal Government was not properly briefed on the matter.
The statement further said that there have been about twelve casualties from the new wave of violence in the State including Dr Chike Akunyili, a medical doctor based in Enugu and husband of the highly regarded former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Professor Dora Akunyili.
But yet, it cannot by any stretch of imagination be justified to contemplate emergency rule in the State on the strength of the twelve violent deaths in the last two or three weeks.
According to them, States like Zamfara, Kaduna, Yobe, Plateau, Niger, Benue, Katsina and Adamawa have lost thousands of people in recent times, yet successful elections have been held in them even as security crises in Niger and Borno have been such that mission aircraft were shut down.
They further said that in contrast, life is normal in Anambra Sate, all schools, markets and business are open, a lot of petrol stations operate for twenty-four hours, while people engage in regular social activities like marriage, funerals and title taking, thousands of vehicles move from places like Onitsha to all parts of the country and beyond, day and night without incidents and political parties are still campaigning for Coming gubernatorial election, mobilizing thousands of people to rallies.
They maintained that what the federal Government has to do to improve the security situation in Anambra State, which for the last seven years has been the best throughout the country, is to deploy more security forces to the state, provide them with necessary equipment and incentivize them by paying the security personnel their allowances promptly and improving their general welfare.
The council noted that the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice has to perish the though of a state of emergency in Anambra State and that the November sixth gubernatorial election has to hold.