Nigerian soldiers take over Kogi REC’s residence after raid
The Kogi State Police Command Police has confirmed the reported attack on the residence of INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gabriel Longpet.
The Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, who confirmed the
attack to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja on Friday, described the
incident as very unfortunate and wicked.
He explained that the attackers came to the REC’s residence
around 3:00 a.m. on Friday but met stiff resistance from security operatives.
“The joy of it all is that the hoodlums did not succeed in their
nefarious act as my officers gallantly repelled their attack and burnt the
vehicle they came with.
now, there are soldiers stationed in the house alongside our personnel to keep
watch and ensure safety.
“Again, all the junctions around the house and INEC office have
heavily armed soldiers and policemen keeping watch to forestall any
eventuality,” he said.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress and the Social
Democratic Party in the state, while condemning the attack, traded blame.
SDP called for an immediate investigation into the incident to bring the
perpetrators to book, while the APC blamed it on the SDP with a call for the
immediate arrest of the party’s governorship candidate, Alhaji Muritala Ajaka
over the attack.
The Director of Media and Publicity/spokesperson for the APC
Campaign Council, Kingsley Fanwo, in an emergency news conference on Friday,
said that aside from the INEC commissioner’s residence, there were attempted
attacks on the Government House and the party’s secretariat.
He accused the SDP of trying desperately to cover their
electoral offences in Kogi East in the just concluded November 11 governorship
election and attempting to corrupt INEC documents that could be used at the
election petition tribunal.