The Chief Of Staff (COS) to Senate President David Mark, Mr. Agbo Oga was arrested and thrown into detention among other suspects after the state People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lodged a complaint to the police in Makurdi alleging that he led a gang to rob electoral materials at gun point in Otukpo.
State Assistant Commissioner of police, Ibrahim Muhammed who is acting on behalf of the commissioner, Mr. Adeyinka Adeyemi confirmed the arrest but refused to state details. Ibrahim Muhammed said his men were still investigating the reported incidence and will only brief the press at the appropriate time.
Agbo Oga had allegedly led a gang comprising a former state chairman of the PDP, Mr. Mike Iduma, a former local government chairman in Ohimini, Mr. Ezekiel Adaji, Dickson Oha, Simon Adole and Donald Agida and other unidentified persons who bore fire arms, and attacked a convoy conveying PDP local government nomination materials to Idekpa in Ohimini LGA.
According to the report lodged to the police by the PDP, three of its members who were sent as electoral panelists and the Special Advisor to Governor Gabriel Suswam on Public Utilities, Barr. Agbo Madaki and Ohimini council chairman, Mr. John Ameh were attacked by the Agbo Oga led suspected gang at gun point at about 3pm on Wednesday. The report says Agbo Madaki was part of the escort team to lead the materials to Idekpa.
The chairman of the PDP team of panelists, Mr. Iorfan Odey who gave the statement before the Ohimini Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Onye Jikwe, at Idepka before the matter was transferred to the command headquarters in Makurdi for onward arrest of the suspects, alleged that the gunmen accompanying Oga shot sporadically in the air to bring the convoy to a stop.
He alleged further that at gun point, the suspected gang demanded to have the electoral materials but that he and his team resisted it. Nobody was hurt in the attack.
Special Adviser to Governor Suswam, Barr. Agbo Madaki who was allegedly attacked by the suspects confirmed the incidence. Madaki said he had done his report but will have to brief the governor before speaking to the press on the matter. He however said some of his suspected attackers had already been arrested and were in detention at the CID department of the state command in Makurdi.
Meanwhile, LEADERSHIP gathered preparations for the PDP primary election was still being made as party leaders in Ohimini were said to have calmed the nerves of the members who rose with protests over the alleged attack.
A statement signed by Ohimini PDP chairman and secretary, Japan Adeju and Okpe Oteikwu respectively said members in the area will have to wait for the decision of the state secretariat.