Did gunmen attack Oshiomhole loyalist?


* Did Gov Obaseki threaten to make life difficult to Oshiomhole?

Henry Idahagbon, the former Edo State Attorney-General and  Commissioner for Justice, Thursday afternoon, escaped death by the whiskers as gunmen suspected to be hired assassins attacked him in his office in Benin City.

Idahagbon, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a co-convener of the now disbanded Edo People’s Movement (EPM), a pressure group formed by loyalists of the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, to stop the re-election of Gov Godwin Obaseki for second term.

The APC chieftain told newsmen that the gunmen who came in three vehicles fired shots repeatedly at his office located along Siluko Road near the popular Oliha Market.

According to him, “I was in my office, attending to some clients when I heard the echoes of gunshots directed at my office. I immediately ran out. Thank God, nobody was injured.

“The windows were shattered while the building is pockmarked with bullets. I have reported the matter to the police.

“In panic, some neighbours who heard the volley of bullets apparently from pump action rifles ran out of their shops and fled for fear of being hit by stray bullets.

“I quickly dashed for the back exit through which I escaped, even as the fire was still going on. Miraculously nobody was injured”, he said.

He said, he immediately reported the incident to the nearby Oba Market Police station where a team of policemen was drafted to assess the extent.

When contacted, Edo State Police spokesman, Chidi Nwanbuzor, said that he was not aware of the incident. “I am not aware of any shooting. I am just hearing of it from you for the first time.”.

But a close police source disclosed that two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Reacting to the allegation, Edo State Government called on the Inspector General of Police and the Presidency to investigate the incident.

A statement signed by Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser, Media and Communication Strategy to the State Governor, however assured that government will continue to resist attempts to fracture the peace and safety in Edo State.

The governor was however quoted at another time that he would not give Oshiomhole breathing in Edo State, probably due to wrangling between the two. Oshiomle stood against Obaseki’s re-election and both men have been at loggerhead.