IGP Takes Over Investigation of Alleged Assassination Attempt on Edo Deputy Gov


Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has taken over investigation of the alleged assassination attempt .on the Deputy Governor of Edo state, Mr. Odubu, last Saturday by political thugs during his campaign in Auchi, Etsako West LGA

Edo state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, disclosed this on Thursday after his maiden meeting with representatives of 20 political parties, including the APC and the opposition PDP ahead of the September 10gubernatorial election ‎in the state.

Also present at the meeting were the state DSS Director, Mr. Ibrahim Haliru; the state Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Walter Akubuiroh, and Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Sam Olumekun.

Ezike explained that the IGP resolved to set up a high-powered team of policemen from the Force Criminal and Investigative Department to unravel the circumstances surrounding the reported attack, in the interest of justice.

He said, “I have said that we will do the investigation. At the end of investigation, we are also going to have the courage to tell the world ‎the result of our investigation. I want to ask for caution; when we deal with very sensitive matters, we should not jump to the conclusion before the matter is investigated.

“The correct situation is that the Inspector General, this afternoon (Thursday) has directed that a high-powered team from the force CID should come and take over that matter and it will be in the overall interest of justice that we allow that team to do their work and then come out with the result of investigation.‎”

When asked if the police made any arrest during Tuesday fracas at the Edo State House of Assembly, Ezike said, “Something happened in the hallowed chambers; the hallowed chambers belong to the honourable members