Governorship aspirants whose campaign posters litter the major streets of Anambra without the permission of the Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency, ANSAA, will be arrested. The Managing Director of ANSAA, Chief Jude Emecheta, gave this warning in a press statement issued to newsmen in Awka.
It will be recalled that the agency had imposed a fee of N9m for campaign posters, covering the three major cities of Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha, on every aspirant ahead of the November 18 guber poll.
This had drawn the ire of some of the aspirants who queried the powers of the agency to do so and dared it to do its worst.
But a statement signed by ANSAA insisted that the posters not only defaced the state's environment, but derailed the government's effort in bequeathing befitting cities with world class infrastructure to the state.
The agency accused the opposition of attempting to divert the vital revenue due to the state government.
'We wish to state categorically that anyone caught engaging in incessant pasting of posters of any kind within Anambra State without the permission of the signage agency will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
'Any information leading to the identification and/or arrest of the miscreants, the printers or their sponsors shall be handsomely rewarded.
'Politicians and others alike should seek the approval of the agency by paying the necessary fees before printing and pasting posters and when granted, should post such posters at only designated points.
'Parents and guardians are by this notice advised to hold back their wards from being the unfortunate "poster boys" as no one will be spared by the law if caught in the act of pasting or printing such posters,' the statement read.
It is however left to be seen if the directive will be obeyed by the aspirants who see it as a ploy to give advantage to the incumbent governor.