By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—Edo State Government, yesterday, raised alarm over an alleged plot by people it described as anti-democratic forces to unleash a reign of terror on the state through high-profile killings ahead of the March 28 and April 11 general elections.
The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Louis Odion, in a statement, said: “The objective, we gathered, is not only to put fear in the minds of the teeming supporters of All Progressives Congress, APC, but also to make the state ungovernable for Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
“The new evil agenda is akin to the one unleashed in 2012 ahead of the governorship election in which the Principal Private Secretary to the governor, Olaitan Oyerinde, was brutally murdered. Till date, the killers are yet to be brought to justice.
“On the latest hit list are key figures in the administration, APC leaders, a vocal palace chief as well as journalists considered too independent-minded and unwilling to file fabricated stories to promote opposition parties.
“To achieve this, hard-boiled cultists, who were contracted to attack and vandalize the Edo House of Assembly quarters last year, have again been recruited and indeed given mobilization running into millions of naira and other logistics support early this week through a local cleric-politician.
“The destabilization scheme is conceived, funded and directed by a group based in Abuja alongside their underlings in Edo State in the cold calculation that once the teeming supporters of Oshiomhole were frightened away, they would then dominate the Edo space.”