President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a special military unit to keep the peace in Anambra after suspected thugs attacked protesters, assaulted police officers and looted businesses.
Governor Willie Obiano announced the presence of the squad on Friday.
Under Nigerian law, the president, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, is the only one that can deploy soldiers. The soldiers were deployed at the request of the governor.
“Earlier today, I received a Special Military Squad deployed to our dear State to aid in ensuring total return of peace and normalcy in Anambra,” Obiano said.
“We have always prioritized security of lives and properties of ndi Anambra and we are determined to take all necessary steps to make sure that every Onye Anambra enjoys peace.
“Live and work without any form of fear.
“This special squad will complement the efforts of the gallant officers of other security agencies in Anambra whose hard work has kept us as the Safest State in Nigeria.”