GOV. BELLO BEHINDS ATTACK ON KOGI REC – SDP

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ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON KOGI RESIDENT COMMISSIONER OF INEC DR. HALE LONGPET IS UNACCEPTABLE, BETHRAND ONUOAH ACT NOW.

We strongly condemn the assassination attempt on the INEC Resident Commissioner for Kogi state, Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet, which took place in Lokoja at approximately 2:00am this morning, December 1st, 2023. The attack was carried out by thugs who are loyal to Governor Yahaya Bello.

Election should not be treated as a war, nor should it be a matter of life and death. If the election was won fairly and transparently, then the legal process should be allowed to run its course without interference. However, it is unacceptable for thugs, in their high numbers yesterday, to be subject to fake protests, insisting that, on no account should forensic teams be allowed to do their jobs.

We are grateful for the timely intervention of the Army, as the man and his family could have been wiped out overnight. The attackers also burnt his vehicles and took other valuables. This kind of behavior is not acceptable in a democratic society.

Those individuals who have been involved in these attacks on INEC REC must be held accountable for their actions. We call for all those who have been involved in the protests, inciting violence and making provocative statements, to be apprehended and brought to justice.

The Kogi State Commissioner of Police Bethrand Onuoha must carry out his duties by arresting the culprits and holding them accountable. We also urge the Commissioner of Police to refrain from victimizing loyal members of SDP and focus on finding the actual offenders.

We stand with Dr. Longpet and his family during this difficult time, and we will continue to work towards a peaceful and transparent electoral process.

Murtala Yakubu Ajaka and his Party SDP are not protesting anywhere around the nation as we are already in court to seek redress and as such; we call on the Commissioner Bethrand Onuoha to arrest those protesters in the name of SDP and it Candidate Murtala Yakubu Ajaka if he’s not an accomplice of the protest.

Signed:
Isaiah Davies Ijele
Director of New Media
Muri/Sam Campaign Council/SDP
1st December, 2023.

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