Hoodlums attack SDP Campaign DG, kill policeman in Kogi


Hoodlums suspected to be be associated with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, launched an attack on the residence of Sheikh Ibrahim Jibrin, the Director-General of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Campaign Council in Anyigba, resulting in the tragic deaths of a policeman and four other individuals.

The assailants carried out the attack at approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesday, and, shockingly, they not only caused loss of life but also removed the body of the deceased policeman, identified as Atabor, along with the other victims, who were apparently security personnel on duty.

In a statement by Faruk Adejoh-Audu, the spokesperson for the Muri/Sam Gubernatorial Campaign of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), these hooligans were described as a “rogue force” allegedly assembled by Governor Yahaya Bello in preparation for the upcoming governorship election scheduled for Saturday in the state.

Adejoh-Audu said, “A rogue force assembled by the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bethrand Unuoha, on behalf of the governor, killed a serving policeman while attacking the home of the Director-General of the SDP Campaign Council for Kogi State, Sheikh Ibrahim Jibrin, with an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at Anyigba this morning.

“The rogues force made up of thugs led by one Friday Makama, officially declared wanted by a Federal High Court, one Supol Ojo of the Lokoja Mopol office, and navy mercenaries led by N.U. Akalezi of the Nigerian Navy killed the police guard, officer Atabor, at about 6:00 a.m. this morning.

“The rogue force, which reportedly included DSS operatives contributed by the Deputy Director General of the Service, who is in Lokoja acting in a lower responsibility as director, Mr. Tosin Ajayi, relentlessly attacked for over an hour during which several people were shot, but officer Atabor was confirmed killed on the spot.

“The APC broke down the gate of Sheikh’s County home to gain access to the compound before releasing the rogue force that opened fire, indiscriminately killing Atabor while the other guards ran for cover.

“They took away the corpse of policeman Atabor and about six other persons, among whom are believed to be four policemen on official duty.

“It is also feared that our campaign head of new media, Comrade I. D. Ijele, may have also been abducted. He was last heard from at 6 a.m. this morning while the attack was in progress.

“The rogue force is still prowling around Anyigba with the Armoured Personalities Carrier (APC) as of the time of writing this statement.

“The police in Kogi, just like they did during the 2019 governorship elections when they procured a helicopter to shoot at voters, are executing Bello’s desperate plans to overwhelm the will of the people. The attack using a rogue force of thugs and mercenaries in the Navy was deliberately designed to commence a few days before the elections.

“It is our information that Bethrand Unuoha and some other compromised security chiefs in Kogi will sustain these sporadic attacks on our campaign leadership and supporters, particularly in Kogi East, until the day of the election.

“This is to achieve Bello’s plot to suppress the voter’s turnout in Kogi East, which he believed was a stronghold of the SDP. The Muri/Sam Campaign Council is once again calling on the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to transfer this commissioner, who is an eager enforcer of Bello’s desperate violent schemes, to allow for a free and fair election in Kogi State,” he continued.


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