The Disturbing Attack on Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal
In a shocking turn of events, the Kogi State Police Command has confirmed a brazen attack on Mr. David Umar Mike, the secretary of the state governorship election tribunal, that transpired on Monday in Lokoja. The assailants, armed and hooded, made away with sensitive petition documents related to the recently concluded gubernatorial election in the state. This unprecedented incident raises serious concerns about the security and integrity of the electoral process, demanding immediate attention and a thorough investigation.
The Grisly Incident: A Timeline
The incident occurred on Monday, December 4, 2023, at approximately 1320hrs, just before the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) office in Lokoja. Mr. David Umar Mike, along with Labode Apreala and Hassimu Adamu, was en route to the tribunal venue at the state High Court Complex when the attackers struck. The armed assailants, numbering about seven, blocked Mike’s vehicle, shot into the air, and forcibly removed the three individuals from their car.
Petition Documents Stolen: A Blow to Democracy
The gravity of the situation intensifies as the attackers targeted and successfully made away with all petition documents filed by five political parties: Action Alliance (AA), Action People’s Party (APP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), and two record books/bag containing the secretary’s personal items. This egregious act not only compromises the ongoing legal proceedings but also poses a direct threat to the democratic process.
Political Fallout: SDP vs. APC
In the aftermath of the attack, a political blame game ensued between the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC). Both parties exchanged allegations, with SDP claiming that the assault was orchestrated by hired political thugs, while APC countered, asserting that it was a staged event. The conflicting narratives add a layer of complexity to an already convoluted situation, warranting a meticulous examination of the facts.
Law Enforcement Response: A Call for Diligence
The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, CP Onuoha Benthrand, has promptly responded to the incident by ordering a thorough and diligent investigation. The police authorities are now tasked with unraveling the motives behind the attack, identifying the perpetrators, and ensuring that justice is served.
Public Caution and Call for Cooperation
While investigations are underway, the Kogi State Police Command has urged the general public to refrain from making statements that may prejudice the ongoing inquiry. The importance of preserving the integrity of the investigation cannot be overstated. The command further appeals to anyone with pertinent information regarding the incident to come forward and assist in the pursuit of justice.
In conclusion, the attack on the Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s secretary raises serious questions about the sanctity of the democratic process and the safety of those involved in upholding its integrity. As the investigation unfolds, the eyes of the public are keenly focused on the law enforcement agencies to ensure a transparent, unbiased, and swift resolution to this disturbing incident.