Posted by Henry Ovie | 13 December 2018 | 1,125 times
A Social Democratic Party (SDP) Senatorial Candidate, Barrister Natasha Akpoti, on Wednesday urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to invite the administrators of Okehi and Adavi Local Government Areas of Kogi State, Hon Abdulraheem Ozovehe Ohiare, and Hon Joseph Omuya Salawu, for questioning over the assassination attempt on her life and the destruction of his campaign posters and billboards.
She accused the duo of instigating series of criminal activities leading to violence, civil unrest, vandalism and threat to life in the state.
In a petition to the IGP, Akpoti urged the police chief to arrest and prosecute some political thugs allegedly identified to be members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kogi State chapter.
Akpoti specifically identified Ismaila Kashim, Ajinodu Ojo, Adams Kabiru, Ozovehe Lawal, Hamidu Jamiu, Adullahi Suleiman, Ahmed Fatai, Ojo Ebo, Ibrahim Kuroko, Wahab Ozuwaya, Mumuni, Baba, Itopa, Aloma, Aje, Daddy Ozi Eti, Momoh Jimoh Yakubu, Gwancy Adino Jimoh, Shuaibu Muhammed and Otori Jimoh as being responsible for the destruction of her election materials and beating of her supporters in the state.
In the petition entitled, “The destruction of our candidate’s campaign posters, banners, billboards, intimidation of our members and destruction of our gatherings”, Akpoti gave graphic details of how APC candidates and supporters destroyed her billboards and posters.
She accused the APC senatorial candidate, Alhaji Yakubu Oseni, in collaboration with Ojo Egbo, Wahab Ozuwaya, Onujabo Idanuha, Abdulmumuni Jegenyi, Adavize Jagaban, Dollar Igayi and Ajinodu Ojo, of removing and destroying her campaign materials and chasing her supporters away from the venue of their meetings.
The petition reads in part: “On Sunday, December 9, 2018, some hoodlums closely associated with the Adavi Local Government Administrator, Hon Joseph Salami, stormed the venue of our ward meeting at Alhaji Badams Compound, Inorere in Adavi Local Government Area with arms and ammunitions.
“They chased our members with their weapons, stoned some of the women, set ablaze the plastic chairs they were seated on and destroyed some properties belonging to our coordinator and host, Mr Badams Abdulrahaman.
“This happened in the presence of four policemen after we have written officially to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to notify him of the meeting in our letter dated December 7, 2018 which was acknowledged and the same notification was conveyed to the Area Commander in charge of Adavi Local Government.”
Akpoti also accused the alleged conspirators of plotting to assassinate her.
“On the September 22, 2018, our candidate, Natasha Akpoti averted attack as APC thugs invaded Ihima Youth Summit organised by the youths of Ihima Community when hoodlums, allegedly under the sponsorship of the Kogi State Government, aided by the Okehi Local Government Administrator, invaded the Ihima Youth Summit.
“They destroyed some of the items prepared for the events while the organizers were putting plans together to set the venue before the arrival of their guests among which was the Ajaokuta Steel Company Advocate, Barrister Natasha Akpoti,” the petition further read.
The SDP senatorial flag bearer recounted that “on October 22 in Okehi, a reported case was instituted by our party to the DPO and the Zonal Area Commander in charge of Kogi Central Senatorial District where our supporters (Enimire Ojo, Bello Mohammed Sadig and his wife Hajarat Adams) were beaten, maimed while Abdulazeez Abdulkareem, Abubakar Salami and Adamu Yusuf were arrested by Okehi Division Police Officers allegedly on the order of Okehi Local Government Administrator, Hon Abdulraheem Ozovehe Ohiare.
“On subsequent days after the incident, we had some of our supporters which include Haruna Bashiru, Onimisi Ahaad, Habib Adinoyi Umar, Haruna Babana being threatened by thugs especially one Abdullahi Suleiman who is associated to the Okehi Local Government Administrator.”
Akpoti further averred that Adams Kabiru, Ismaila Kashim, Hamidu Jamiu and Ozovehe Lawal on the October 30 allegedly invaded the residence of the Okehi LG SDP Chairman, Hon James Segun Onimisi.
“They issued threats of unleashing mayhem on him and his family. They also destroyed Akpoti’s banner while shouting songs of war against anybody who identifies with Akpoti.
“On the October 20th, some police officers in company of Ismaila Kashim and APC Obeiba ward 1 chairman, Abdulwahab Koto allegedly under the instruction of the Okehi LG Secretary, Hon Ibrahim Sheidu, came to remove the banner of the SDP candidate on the claim that the banner was mounted too close to the venue of the APC Obeiba Ward 1 meeting.
“One Ajinodu Ojo led his gang to destroy Akpoti’s banner mounted opposite Ihima Community Secondary School Street, Obeiba Ihima, Okehi LGA. On December 2, some alleged APC armed thugs attacked the women wing of the Akpoti Campaign Organization during their weekly ward meeting at Enyi Dudu Primary School, Ebogodo,” Akpoti wrote.
She advised that the ruling party in the state should write an undertaking on peaceful campaign and elections.
“That henceforth, the APC agents and other political parties should be refrained from tampering with SDP/Natasha campaign materials and rallies or any other constitutional gatherings of our members and supporters,” she wrote.
The senatorial hopeful urged security agents to hold Kogi State Government and Alhaji Yakubu Oseni responsible for whatever happens to her and SDP faithful in the state.”
She also urged the IGP to investigate the actions of these APC chieftains and bring them to book.
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