- Some members of the Social Democratic Party in Kogi state have accused the APc of killing and harassing their supporters
- The Kogi central senatorial candidate for the SDP accused the ruling party of instigating series of criminal activities leading to violence, civil unrest, vandalism and threat to life in the state
- According to Natasha Akpoti, the Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello is breeding thugs and using them to intimidate perceived opponents ahead of the general elections
A supporter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Kashim Abdulrasheen, has narrated a horrific details to the killing of his elder brother, Ojo Enesi, by some thugs allegedly hired by the ruling All Progressives Congress Party (APC) in Kogi state.
Kashim, 23, said he was in the house with Enesi, an SDP youth leader in Obeiba Ihima, Okehi local government area of Kogi state when was shot dead.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Kashim who said he was able to identify one of the alleged killers said the thugs had knocked on their door calling for his brother on Saturday, January 12.
"They came in with guns and started calling my brother. They said, Enesi open the door."
"And my brother asked who be you?" Kashim narrates in pidgin.
According to Kashim, the men at the door replied to his brother saying: "Na the person wey know you dey call you."
He said shortly after Enesi opened the door, the thugs started beating him up.
He added that an attempt to query why the men were beating Enesi gained him a slap.
Kashim said: "I ran out of the house and was watching them from somewhere. They carried my brother inside [sic] the main road and Ojo Ina (an alleged APC thug) killed my brother."
Also, speaking in Pidgin English, 27-year-old Victoria Friday, a wife to Friday Ovoro, a furniture maker said some men allegedly thugs hired by the ruling party in the state broke into their home in Ohueta, Okehi local government area of the state on Wednesday, January 23.
Victoria said body of Ovoro, an SDP youth mobilizer in Kogi state is yet to be found.
"They just break our door, they picked my husband, beat him up, the next thing, I just heard was gunshot and since then I never see my husband," a pregnant Victoria said in Pidgin.
In his reaction, the acting chairman of the SDP in Kogi state, Mouktar Atimah, said the murder of Enesi and Friday is one of two many ordeals harassment and intimidation faced by members of the party from the hands of the ruling party in the state.
Atimah said the while Friday's whereabouts is still unknown, information reaching the SDP is that the youth mobiliser who was allegedly picked by some APC thugs is being detained at the Kogi state Boat security (a personal security outfit owned by the Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello).
He added that on Friday, January 11, eight supporters of the SDP canvassing for Natasha Akpoti, a Kogi central SDP's senatorial candidate were stabbed butchered and beaten by some known APC thugs.
He said the thugs had accused the SDP supporters of crossing a road close to the house of the Kogi state commissioner of water resources, Salami Ozigi.
The party's state chairman also alleged that an SDP supporter, Fatayi Yakubu was stabbed for erecting the campaign banner of Akpoti in his house in Eyika Ohizenyi, Okehi LGA.
"On January 15, masked Kogi APC thugs stormed the house of SDP Kuroko ard 2 chairman, Abdulmalik Wokili, with the intention to kill him but unfortunately for them, he was not around, they however, set his motorcycle and other valuables ablze," Atimah said.
Noting that the party have on all the occasions alerted the relevant security operatives, Atimah said there are indication that the agencies are in collaboration with the state government to sweep the allegations under the carpet.
He said: "More worrisome is the collaboration of the state security agencies with the state government to release the recently arrested Kogi APC thugs, Ismaila Kasheem aka Kamuche; Abdullahi Suleiman aka Director despite confessional statement and video evidence of their involvement with the murder of Ojo Enesi and other attacks on SDP."
Alleging that Governor Bello operates a military base - where people who do not succumb to his political will are kept and tortured - in his private residence, Atimah called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Inspector General of police, international community and relevant civil society organisations to checkmate the activities of the ruling party in Kogi.
Also speaking, Akpoti said the Kogi state governor is breeding thugs and using them to intimidate perceived opponents ahead of the general elections.
Urging President Muhamamdu Buhari and the APC leadership to call Bello to order, Akpoti said the governor has never hidden his disdain for opponents whom he has vowed to crush.
She further expressed confidence that the president would not want be party to the shedding of anyone’s blood in an attempt to deliver Kogi to him in the February 16, presidential election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Akpoti had on Wednesday, December 12, petitioned the inspector general of police over alleged assassination attempt on her life.
Akpoti in her petitioned urged the IGP to invite the administrators of Okehi and Adavi local government areas, Abdulraheem Ozovehe Ohiare and Joseph Omuya Salawu for questioning over assassination plot, destruction of campaign posters and billboards.
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The aspiring lawmaker accused the duo of instigating series of criminal activities leading to violence, civil unrest, vandalism and threat to life in Kogi state.
According to her, some individuals - 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 - were responsible for the destruction of her election materials and beating of her supporters in Kogi state.
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