- The police in Rivers state have arrested a member of the House of Representatives and PDP governorship aspirant, Farah Dagogo
- Dagogo's arrest followed the directive of the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, who had accused him of sponsoring thugs to attack the PDP secretariat
- Though the PDP lawmaker denied the allegation, he was arrested on Thursday, April 28, when he showed up for guber screening at the secretariat
Port Harcourt, Rivers state - Farah Dagogo, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Rivers state and member of the House of Representatives, has been arrested by the police.
The arrest was made barely 24 hours after Governor Nyesom Wike accused Dagogo of sponsoring the attack on the PDP's secretariat in the state and declared him wanted.
Governor Wike had alleged that Dagogo sent suspected cultists to to attack the secretariat during the screening of National Assembly and State House of Assembly aspirants.
Do you have a groundbreaking story you would like us to publish? Please reach us through firstname.lastname@example.org!
Dagogo reacts to Wike's allegation
Dagogo, however, denied the allegation. He said he was never at the PDP Secretariat where aspirants for National and State Assembly were being screened since he is a governorship aspirant.
Rather, the lawmaker said the allegation against him was part of the plot by Wike to stop his screening for governorship position of Rivers state.
How Dagogo was arrested
Nevertheless, when he arrived the secretariat at about past 6pm on Thursday, April 28, and walked into the hall where the panel was conducting the screening, some policemen followed him soon afterwards.
Few minutes afterwards, the lawmaker was seen coming out surrounded by heavily armed security operatives who took him outside the office premises and took him into a waiting patrol van with the inscription ‘Operation C4i-027.
The patrol van immediately made a quick turn, a handful of operatives jumped at the back and the zoomed off with the governorship aspirant.
2023: Bandits will run if they hear my name, says Wike
In another report, Governor Wike who is eyeing the presidency in 2023 told delegates of the PDP in Taraba state that if he secures the party’s presidential ticket and wins the 2023 election, he will take the war to armed bandits currently laying siege in certain parts of the country.
Wike said if bandits hear his name as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, they will run away.
The Rivers start governor said:
“The one problem that our PDP government (under me if elected) must solve is to bring down the level of insecurity in this country otherwise there is no way the economy can grow."