Kogi election: PDP women leader reportedly set ablaze by suspected thugs

Kogi election: PDP women leader reportedly set ablaze by suspected thugs

- Suspected thugs alleged to be loyal to the APC have been accused of murdering PDP's women leader in the Wada/Aro campaign council, Ochadamu ward of Kogi state

- The victim, Mrs Acheju Abuh, a middle-aged woman, was said to have been locked up in her house and burnt alive by the jubilant thugs

- The spokesman of the Wada/Aro campaign council, Faruk Adejoh-Audu, said suspected thugs set the building of the PDP women leader ablaze and prevented her from escaping

The women leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Wada/Aro campaign council, Ochadamu ward of Kogi state has reportedly been burnt alive in her home by alleged thugs celebrating the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state’s governorship election.

Daily Sun newspaper reports that the incident reportedly occurred on Monday, November 18 afternoon, shortly after the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the candidate of APC, Governor Yahaya Bello, had been re-elected for a second term.

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The victim, Mrs Acheju Abuh, a PDP women leader, was said to have been locked up in her house and burnt by the jubilant thugs.

The spokesman of the Wada/Aro campaign council, Faruk Adejoh-Audu, said thugs who were shooting sporadically, arrived Abuh’s house at about 2 pm and surrounded the residence.

He said they blocked every exit and escape route from outside and poured petrol on the building before setting it ablaze.

Narrating the incident, the spokesperson said: “They then poured petrol on the building and set it ablaze as other terrorized villagers watched from hiding. She reportedly attempted to escape through a window but was prevented by the metal burglary proof and gunshots with bullets raining in her direction.

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“The blood-thirsty thugs waited, shooting and watching with relish while Mrs Abuh cried from inside the inferno until her voice died out.

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“They reportedly left only when the entire house and Mrs Abuh had been burnt to ashes. There are fears that the killing spree may escalate over the night."

He appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to come to protect the people of Kogi state from the thugs to prevent more people from being killed.

Meanwhile, PDP on Sunday, November 17, said it was rejecting the results of the governorship election in Kogi state as was being officially declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The election was declared by witnesses, participants and observers as one riddled with violence, deaths, ballot snatching and other forms of malpractices. Some also called for the cancellation of the poll.

Reacting to the results declared by INEC, the PDP, in a statement by its national spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, asked the commission to cancel the election in most of the areas with contending outcomes.

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