July 18, 2017

Police refute assassination claims on Omo-Agege


By Perez Brisibe

UGHELLI—DELTA State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Ibrahim has refuted claims by the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC and the senator representing Delta Central senatorial district, Obaisi Ovie Omo-Agege that the lawmaker, his wife and APC chieftains narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on them on Saturday.

The police boss also warned politicians against making unconfirmed allegations that can’t be substantiated.

It will be recalled that  APC in a statement by its acting Publicity Secretary, Leonard Obibi, while describing the attack as a orchestrated and premeditated assassination attempt, alleged  “The lawmaker was giving out direct financial support to beneficiaries when an organised mob of irate youths stormed the venue with dangerous weapons, shooting sporadically.”

Refuting the assassination claims, the Police Commissioner said that the command was not aware of any assassination attempt on Senator Omo-Agege but rather the lawmaker only filed a complaint at the Ekpan police station of an attack on him by thugs during an empowerment programme.

Mr. Ibrahim said: “Who attempted to assassinate him? We know he had policemen with him? I knew he reported a complaint at the Ekpan police station that he was attacked by thugs during an empowerment programme, but I do not know if it boils down to assassination attempt.

“My question is, didn’t he go with policemen when they attacked to him? As a senator  who is going for an empowerment programme, would he go empty handed? Are you not supposed to tell the police and they give you security?

“Are there no security operatives with him? These are some of the questions that should be asked. Don’t just make allegations like that, these politicians can just say anything.  Somebody should not just wake up and say they attempted to assassinate him.”