KOGI : Police Speak On Alleged Attack On Tribunal Secretary, Caution Public On Statements That May ‘Prejudice Investigations’

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Kogi State Police Command said it has commenced investigation into the attack on the Secretary to the Kogi State Off-cycle Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, David Umar Mike.

The Secretary and two others; Labode Apreala ,Confidential Secretary and Hassimu Adamu , Assistant Secretary, to the tribunal were attacked in Lokoja, by yet to be identified gunmen at about 4:20pm of Monday, December 4, 2023 while on their way to venue of the tribunal’s sitting.

Police Public Relation Officer of Kogi State Police Command, SP William Aya, in a statement in Lokoja on Wednesday said the state Commissioner of police has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

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The tribunal Secretary had in his formal report of the attack to the police alleged that about seven hooded men, all heavily armed and dressed in black attire shot severally into the air and dragged him and two other colleagues out of their Peugeot 406 car.

He also alleged that the armed attackers ” ransacked the car and made away with all the the documents , including Petitions filed by four (4) Parties namely; Action Alliance (AA), Action People’s Party (APP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP)/two (2) Record Books/a Bag containing his personal items.”

Aya who frowned at series of distorted information on the incident, said that a thorough investigation into the incident will set the records straight.

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He advised the public to avoid statements that may prejudice ongoing investigation into the matter.

“The Command also appeals to anyone with useful information on the alleged incident to provide same to the Command.
The public will be updated as investigation progresses,” Aya explained.
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