Bandits from neighboring states responsible for killings and disruption of public peace in Anambra- Obiano.

The governor, who held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Obiano told Buhari on security challenges facing the state, said bandits from neighbouring states are responsible for the killings and disruption of public peace in Anambra.

He described the call for the declaration of a state of emergency in Anambra to address security challenges in the state as “very unfortunate’’

The meeting is coming after the Federal Government threatened to invoke emergency rule as part of measures to address security challenges and safeguard electoral processes in Anambra.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federal, Abubakar Malami, had on Wednesday, warned that the federal government may be forced to impose a State of Emergency in Anambra to ensure peaceful conduct of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

Speaking on Thursday, Obiano dismissed the contemplation of declaring a state of emergency in his state.

He said: “Well, that’s a very unfortunate comment by the Attorney-General, Malami – very, very unfortunate.

“These invaders from outside Anambra state, from other states, we are going to deal with them. We’re already working, there’s nothing.

“Even to contemplate the state of emergency is unfortunate, look at what is happening in the north; they kill dozens every day. Because one or two people were killed in Anambra in two weeks, is that a reason for somebody to call for a state of emergency?

“That’s a very unfortunate comment by Malami. I will call him to express reservation on those kinds of comments, he shouldn’t try that next time,’’ he said.

“We’ll overwhelm and conquer all these miscreants that came from other states to come and harass Anambra people.

“Let me stop at saying that they are from neighbouring states,’’ he said.

While comparing what is happening in the Northwest and Northeast to incidents in Anambra, the governor said:

“Well, when you have malaria and when you have cancer, they are two different treatments.

“What we have in Anambra is malaria, so you don’t have to use a sledgehammer to kill that. We are not near, in terms of confusion and security challenges, compared to Zamfara, Niger, Kastina, Sokoto and co, so they are not good examples.

“As a strategist, you don’t sit down here and order the army to carry the whole army in Nigeria to go to Anambra”.

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