- The SDP has passed a vote of no confidence on key police officers in Kogi state
- The party also called for the redeployment of the divisional police officer in charge of Okehi local government area and the commissioner of police in the state
- According to the party, the redeployment of these officers will restore calm and decorum in Kogi central senatorial district and the state as a whole
The Social Democratic Party in Kogi state on Thursday, February 21, passed a vote of no confidence on the divisional police officer in charge of Okehi local government area and the commissioner of police in the state.
The party accused the Kogi police command of working with the state governor, Yahaya Bello and some All progressives Congress (APC) thugs to intimidate the Kogi central senatorial candidate, Natasha Akpoti, and other members of the SDP.
The party also called for the redeployment of these officers to restore calm and decorum in the senatorial district and the state as a whole.
In a statement signed by the Kogi state acting chairman of SDP, Mouktar Atimah, the party called for an improved security arrangement by relevant agencies ahead of the forthcoming general election.
Atimah called for the arrest and prosecution of Okehi Administrator, Abduraheem Ohiare and Kogi statee commissioner for water resources, Salami Ozigi for their involvement in the heinous crimes being committed in Okehi LGA.
He alleged that the week preceding the postponed election on February 16, had series of unprecedented escalated violence unleashed on the communities.
According to him, supporters of the SDP across Kogi central Senatorial district were harassed by the APC led government of Kogi state.
He said the harrasment and attacked were carried out in collaboration with the security agencies especially the Nigerian Police.
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Listing some of these attacks, Atimah said: "On the Friday 15th of February 2019, at about 6.30 pm, some armed hoodlums led by the Okehi local government administrator, Honourable Abdulraheem Ohiare under the instructions of Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, raided the family House of the SDP Senatorial Candidate, Barr. Natasha HadizaAkpoti in Oride, Obeiba, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi state."
He said 26 members of the SDP including a 68-year-old Uncle of Natasha Akpoti, David Akpoti and his daughter who took refuge at the Akpata’s residence from political attacks were arrested following this attack.
"The 70-year-old widow of late Alhaji Akpata was also beaten and dragged on the ground. Many were thoroughly beaten up and left with serious injuries on their body and dislocations in their joints for supporting Natasha's candidature," Atimah said.
He also added that about fifteen houses and other property like bikes, cars, shops and others worth millions of naira belonging to the party's supporters were completely burnt and destroyed by known APC thugs in the area.
Atimah said: "In the course of the attacks launched on our innocent supporters, many of our supporters were shot by the APC thugs in Ihima community focusing on our Senatorial Candidate’s house. 8 people sustained injury but further violence was averted by the prompt response from the Nigerian Army."
"We have in good authority that the governor of Kogi State has high jacked uncollected Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) across the state to rig the forthcoming election.
Plans have been concluded to agents of the government to high jack electoral materials into the private residence of the governor, this can be verifiable with the recent discovery of ballot papers meant for the postponed election in the governor residence in Okene," Atimah alleged.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a supporter of the 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.
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