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In a meeting with journalists at the Police headquarters in Owerri on Friday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Andrew Enwerem, said that Okorocha was arrested after operatives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, acting on a tip-off that some top government functionaries were stockpiling arms with the intention to disrupt the general elections in Imo State, conducted a cordon-and-search operation at his residence in the early hours of Friday and recovered three pump action automatic rifles with 24 live cartridges and a Kenwood walkie-talkie.
The police spokesman noted that Okorocha had acted contrary to an instruction from the police to all residents, particularly members of the State Vigilante Service, to surrender all the arms and other dangerous weapons in their possession before the general elections.
“We have been announcing that the vigilante will not be part of the security beef up at the polling centres during the elections. As a result, we have been warning them to return the prohibited firearms in their possession to Divisional Police Officers nearest to them,” Enwerem said.
In a similar operation by the State CID in Owerri, three automatic pump action rifles with 14 live cartridges were found in the security post of Ebuada Housing Estate in the city. In the process of recovering the weapons, Kelechi Onuoha, Chigozie Uzowuru, Osita Obiako and Linus Aka were also arrested.
In all, six automatic pump action rifles and 38 live cartridges were recovered from all the suspects who failed to conform to the directives of the police to surrender their arms.
“It is believed that these arms were going to be used to disrupt the coming elections. The arrested suspects are currently in the custody of the police and they are undergoing interrogation. This is what we have done in preparation to ensure that there is a peaceful, credible, free and fair elections in Imo State,” the PPRO said.
All movement across the length and breadth of Nigeria has been restricted from now till 5.00pm..You can hear pin drop across the nation.. Silence has engulfed the cities and villages.. Nigerians are now waiting with deep breadth on where the pendulum will swing after today's election.. The tension could be cut with a blade.. All the mudsling and verbal attacks have stopped.. Its now time for Nigerians to make their choice between a Katsina Man and another one from Bayelsa..Don't get it twisted, we also have another set of over 15 candidates (but do they really matter) ?..Incase you have forgotten too, we also have the Senate and House of Representatives election today
There was also tight security in neighbouring towns.
Military personnel, police operatives and other security agents were seen going round the President’s hometown.
Jonathan will be casting his vote at a polling unit near his palatial country home.
He usually casts his vote at Ward 13 in Otuoke.
Prior to his arrival, two Armoured Personnel Carriers were seen on the Otuoke Road. One was stationed in front of the President’s house.
The other was parked in front of Magels Resort, a hotel close to a commercial bank.
Earlier, a helicopter was seen hovering around the town, apparently on security surveillance.
Soldiers and policemen were also seen on the main Otuoke Road.
The president arrived at about 3pm in company of the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, and other aides. Before his arrival, an army of women supporters had waited for him in Yenagoa, the state capital.
But Jonathan was said to have gone straight to Otuoke from the Port Harcourt International Airport.
Mr. Deby said he warned President Goodluck Jonathan against holding talks with the militant group, saying the whole episode was orchestrated by Boko Haram to buy time and regroup.
He said President Jonathan dismissed the advice and held talks with the group, a decision Mr. Deby said was for political reasons. He accused Mr. Jonathan of downplaying the Boko Haram threat.
“I told President Goodluck not to open negotiations with terrorists … but it was a political choice,” Mr. Deby told French magazine, Le Point, in an interview republished by AFP news agency.
“It has become something too serious for Nigerians to ignore. The blood of the dead that we have been counting every day for the past few years demands attention.”
The October ceasefire humiliated the Nigerian government after it claimed to have reached a deal with the insurgents, who are responsible for more than 15,000 deaths.
At the time, the Nigerian military said the talks were credible and directed its field commanders to immediately suspend hostilities against Boko Haram.
The talks were reportedly facilitated by Mr. Deby, accused earlier of providing safe haven for Boko Haram militants.
Shortly after the announcement, Boko Haram continued its attacks, sacking villages and killing innocent people.
The Nigerian government initially claimed splinter groups of the sect were responsible for the continued fighting, but later blamed the failure on sabotage.
Mr. Deby said President Jonathan and his military had underestimated Boko Haram for too long.
“The whole world is asking why the Nigerian army, which is a big army… is not in a position to stand up to untrained kids armed with Kalashnikovs,” he said.
Speaking about the ongoing war that involves Chad, Niger and Cameroun, Mr. Deby said the Nigerian military has not cooperated with his country in fighting the jihadists.
He said the two sides have not had any direct contact since Chad became involved in the conflict.
“Two months after the start of this war, we have not had any direct contact with the Nigerian army units on the ground,” he said.
“We would have hoped to have at least one Nigerian unit with us. It was even a direct request to the Nigerian government, but for reasons that escape us, up to now we have been unable to work together.”
He said his country has had to capture territories twice in Nigeria, as the Nigerian military would not take over towns, allowing Boko Haram to return.
“The Chadian army is fighting alone in its part of the Nigerian interior and that is a problem. We have had to retake certain towns twice,” Mr. Deby said. “We are forced to abandon them and Boko Haram returns, and we have to go back. That has a human and material cost.”
Mr. Deby said Boko Haram has long been trained by ISIS in Libya, and that the group’s recent public declaration of allegiance was a mere formality that did not surprise him.
“(IS) has always trained young people from Boko Haram in the use of explosives, the use of heavy weapons and armoured vehicles. They are trained by (IS) in Libya… and are then sent to Nigeria,” he told Le Point.
“I’m not surprised that (Boko Haram leader) Abubakar Shekau, who has difficulties at the moment… is trying to make people believe that he only just made contact with them.”
Professor Jega gave the assurance while speaking at a joint press conference he addressed along with the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYCS), Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi on the safety and welfare of the corps members engaged for the elections as well as the arrangements put in place for the smooth conduct of the polls.
He said that the feat would be made possible based on the improvements already made by the commission since after the 2011 general elections which results, he said, were made public within 48 hours.
According to him,”we cannot expect the results from the states under 24 hours, we will be collating the results as they are coming out but I can assure that under 48 hours, all the results should be ready. We were able to do it in 2011, we should be able to do this in 2015 based on much more improvements that have been put in place.”
Jega also debunked the claim that the master key to the critical Information Technology (IT) infrastructure housing the database of INEC for card reader machine was in possession of an individual that had sympathy with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate.
He said that the card reader machine had no master key as being claimed but a source code which was only known to the manufacturer and that to the best of his knowledge, the security code had not been breached.
Gen Buhari arrived Katsina Airport at about 4:40p.m. aboard a private Jet, Hawker 4000, with registration number ZS-Z0T.
A handful of supporters who were waiting for the former military Head of State rushed to the Aircraft as soon as it arrived the parking area, most with their smart phones on video mode, waiting for him to alight.
Gen Buhari acknowledged their cheers and shook hands with some of them.
He started by greeting the APC’s governorship candidate in the state, Aminu Masari, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Gen Buhari did not speak to journalists or his supporters. His convoy left the Airport at about 4:48 for Daura