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Edo 2024: Police Invite LP Gov Candidate, Akpata Over UNIBEN Attack

Friday 19 April 2024

The candidate of the Labour Party, in the forthcoming September 21, 2024 governorship election in Edo State, Olumide Akpata has been invited by the State Police Command over alleged security breaches, involving shootings at the University of Benin, last Friday.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, on Thursday in Benin City said that the invitation was served on Akpata by investigators in the political session of the state Criminal Investigation Department on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

It was gathered that the LP candidate was allegedly attacked by suspected political thugs during a ceremony at the invitation of the UNIBEN Staff Club.

He alleged that the attack was to assassinate him, adding that it was orchestrated by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, as well as the state government.

Confirming the police invitation today, the state chairman of the Labour Party,  Kelly Ogbaloi, described the incident as Akpata’s private affair that had nothing to do with the party.

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He said: “Olumide Akpata is our candidate, but UNIBEN invited him to honour him on a personal note. I didn’t sign surety of his safety there. I don’t know why the police are equally inviting me to come along with Olumide Akpata.

“The police ought to have done their background checks, his being honoured by UNIBEN had nothing to do with our party secretariat, so I don’t know why I am being asked to come along with him to police command headquarters in Benin. However, I will honour the invitation.”

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via: Information Nigeria

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