Gunmen allegedly in government vehicle attack former attorney-general in Benin city

Gunmen allegedly in government vehicle attack former attorney-general in Benin city

- Henry Idahagbon, who served the state as attorney-general, has escaped death

- Idahagbon said suspected gunmen stormed his office and started shooting sporadically

- The lawyer added that he ran out through the exit door of his office building and that the gunmen came in a government vehicle

Henry Idahagbon, a lawyer who served as attorney-general and commissioner for justice in Edo, has narrated how he escaped death as he was attacked by gunmen.

Idahagbon said his assailants were in an official state government van when they attacked him.

The former commissioner, as reported by The Nation, said the gunmen stormed his office situated along the Siluko road area of Benin.

The gunmen were said to have immediately started shooting once they got to the office making those around the premises to run for their lives.

The report added that many witnesses who confirmed the incident said shots were fired at the building housing the office.

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As the shooting became intense, the former commissioner was said to have escaped through an exit door of the building.

The report quoted Idahagbon as saying the Hilux van belongs to the state government.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently declare a state of emergency on the state over insecurity.

According to him, the state has turned against its people.

The report, however, credited Crusoe Osagie, a mouthpiece for Godwin Obaseki, as claiming that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has a hand on the latest attack.

Osagie said the attack was a plan by Oshiomhole to further cause crisis in the state. reports that the Edo branch of the APC on Thursday, Monday 30, accused Obaseki of planning to harm Oshiomhole.

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The party in the state said it decided to raise the alarm following a comment credited to the governor that he would deal with Oshiomhole, who is his predecessor.

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