The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Bertrand Onuoha, has ordered a thorough investigation into the alleged attack on the Secretary of the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, David Mike.
The PUNCH reports that the secretary was allegedly attacked on his way to the office to paste copies of the petition said to have been filed on December 2, 2023.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the Kogi State Police Command stated that the order followed an official report of the attack by the secretary and two others at the command’s headquarters in Lokoja.
The statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, William Aya, read, “On Monday, 04/12/2023, at about 1820hrs, one Mr David Umar Mike, ‘m’, Secretary to Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, along with Labode Apreala (f), Confidential Secretary, and Hassimu Adamu, Assistant Secretary, came to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Kogi State Police Headquarters, and reported that on the said date three of them left their hotel rooms in Lokoja about 1300hrs heading to their office at the High Court complex driving in his (David’s) Peugeot 406 car.
“That just before the CBN (office) at about 1320hrs, one SUV, which had earlier overtaken him, blocked his car with two other SUVs following behind. All of them surrounded and blocked him as he attempted to reverse.
“That he saw about seven hooded men, all heavily armed and dressed in black attire who shot severally into the air and dragged him and his two other colleagues out of their car, ransacked the car and made away with all the documents, including petitions filed by four parties namely, Action Alliance, Action People’s Party (APP), Peoples Redemption Party and Social Democratic Party two record books/a bag containing his personal items.
“He claimed to have also reported to the DSS office. Hence, a thorough and diligent investigation into the incident has been ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command.”
Aya added, “The attention of the Kogi State Police Command has been drawn to a series of distorted information on the incident, hence the need to set the records straight.
“The general public is advised to avoid statements that may prejudice an ongoing investigation into the matter. The command also appeals to anyone with useful information on the alleged incident to provide the same to the command. The public will be updated as the investigation progresses.”
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