G¥nmen cart away with Kogi’s election petitions from the tribunal secretary

Kogi State Police Command has confirmed that g¥nmen att@cked the secretary of the state governorship election Tribunal, Mr David Umar Mike on Monday in Lokoja and made away with sensitive petition documents on the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state.

The state police command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP William Aya, disclosed this in Lokoja on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.

The police authorities said the att@ckers of the state governorship tribunal secretary carted away all the petition documents filed by five political parties at g¥npoint.

According to the police authorities, the documents carted away from Mike include, petitions filed by four (4) Parties: Action Alliance (AA), Action People’s Party (APP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) as well as two (2) Record Books/a Bag containing his item.

The police added that the incident happened just before the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) office at about 1320hrs on Monday, while victims were on their way to the tribunal venue at the state High court complex, Lokoja.

Police said, “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 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 at about 1320hrs, one SUV vehicle
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 sh@t severally into the air and dr@gged him and his two other colleagues out of their car,ransacked the car and made away with all the petition documents.”

SP Ava added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Onuoha Benthrand, had ordered a thorough and diligent investigation into the incident.

Meanwhile, the police command has advised the general public to avoid statements that may prejudice the ongoing investigation into the matter even as the command appealed to anyone with useful information on the incident to provide the same to the command.


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