- A huge tragedy has befallen the All Progressives Congress (APC), especially the Kogi state chapter of the ruling party
- Bunmi Ipinnaiye, the chairman of the ruling party in Ponyan Ward, Yagba East, reportedly committed suicide in a NSCDC cell
- Ipinnaiye was said to have been arrested by the men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for the attempted murder of his son
- However, the Kogi state commandant of the NSCDC, Suleiman Mafara, in the latest reaction said Ipinnaiye died in the hospital
Yagba East LGA, Kogi state - The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ponyan Ward, Yagba East local government area, Kogi state, Bunmi David Ipinnaiye, has reportedly committed suicide in a Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps cell.
It was gathered that the deceased had attacked his son with a machete on their way to the farm and the incident was reported to the Civil Defence, which led to his arrest, AIT also reported.
An anonymous source was cited as saying that upon interrogation, the late APC chairman refused to respond to questions and was left in one of the rooms in the security outfit office.
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When the officers returned to resumed interrogation, he was found dead after using his belt to commit suicide by hanging himself.
The development is yet to be confirmed by the Kogi state police command.
APC ward chairman died in hospital, Kogi NSCDC clarifies
Meanwhile, in a new report by The Punch, the Kogi state commandant of the NSCDC, Suleiman Mafara, cleared the air on the death of Ipinnaiye.
Speaking with newsmen in his office in Lokoja, the commandant said Ipinnaiye died at ECWA Hospital, Ponyan and not at the cell of the NSCDC.
Throwing more light on the alleged suicide, the commandant said the deceased was arrested by the NSCDC following a report that he wanted to behead a young boy who was making advances toward his daughter.
Following the report, the Commandant said Ipinnaiye was arrested on Tuesday, June 7. The Commandant said he was arrested with the cutlass he was using to chase the 19 year-old-boy and brought to the office.
While he was detained at the counter, the Commandant said they tried counselling him in a bid to calm him down when he suddenly asked for a bottle of water.
He said unknown to the officer who went to get him the water that Ipinnaiye had a negative plan, met him gasping for breath.
He said upon the return of the officer, he met the late APC ward chair who was suspected to have tried to strangle himself, quickly rushed him to the hospital.
He disclosed that after a while and efforts to stabilise him, the medical doctor confirmed Ipinnaiye dead, adding that he didn’t die while in NSCDC custody.
The Commandant said he did not commit suicide in the Civil Defence cell as claimed in the public.
PDP chairman, women leader killed as gunmen attack convoy of top lawmaker in northern state
Avia was returning home with his aides after a tour on the night of Tuesday when the assailants launched their attack along Twin Hill Miango, in the Bassa local government area of Plateau.
One of the lawmaker's aides, Moses Maly, who was in the same vehicle with him at the time of the attack told journalists that Avia's wife and children were also together but all escaped, although the car was damaged by bullets. Moreover, the aide revealed that a chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at ward level and a women leader, who were on a motorcycle ahead of the convoy were killed by the armed criminals.