Report has it that a man identified as “Romeo”, alleged to be the cousin of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, led some thugs to attack the Governor of Edo State Godwin Obaseki, and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, at the hometown of Oshiomhole in Edo.
According to eye witness, the governor and the Oba of Lagos had visited Oshiomhole who invited them over for lunch after a ceremony at the Edo University, Iyamho.
Romeo and the youths reportedly sighted a man, Andrew Momodu, who alleged led an attack on the Benin residence of Oshiomhole. Momodu is Governor Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Security.
The police had earlier dispersed hundreds of okada riders who stormed the venue of the university convocation. The okada riders were dispersed with teargas.
The Okada riders were allegedly led by the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu.
Speaking on the gruesome incident, Simon Ebegbulem, an aide to Oshiomhole, blamed the Edo Deputy Governor for the attack. He noted that Shaibu deliberately brought thugs into the community to intimidate political opponents.
“The incident that occurred at the gate of the National Chairman of the APC in his Iyamho country home is unfortunate and the national chairman expresses his apologies to the governor, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, and Chancellor of Edo University, Dr Aderemi Makanjuola, whom he holds in high esteem.
“But I want to state that the people who unleashed mayhem on vehicles were the thugs who invaded the university community on the orders of the deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.”
“In fact, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, who delivered a lecture at the convocation that Friday insisted that the thugs who were disturbing the public must stop making noises before he could commence his lecture. Security officials helped to ensure peace before the event started. As a matter of fact, Comrade Oshiomhole left the event through the backdoor to avoid being attacked by the thugs who laid siege to the entrance gate of the university.
“Then, today which was the main event, the governor, the National Chairman of the APC and other guests were already in the hall when about 11.30 am, the deputy governor stormed the university with over 200 Okada riders and thugs. Security officials accosted them at the gate and refused them entrance. The thugs started threatening the security men who insisted the deputy governor could enter the venue but they would not allow the thugs to gain access.”
“The thugs were dispersed while the deputy governor joined other dignitaries at the venue. This created tension in the small community. However, after the event, Comrade Oshiomhole invited the Oba of Lagos, the Chancellor and others for lunch at his country home which is right opposite the university. Consequently, he left instructions at the gate that he was expecting these respected leaders. So, when the visitors came, the governor drove in a bus with other officials, but following the incident that occurred earlier, where thugs sponsored by the deputy governor, invaded the university, Iyamho youths barricaded the gate to protect the APC National Chairman against any harm.
“Unfortunately, these youths sighted Andrew Momodu, Osaigbovo Iyoha on the bus which conveyed the governor to Oshiomhole’s residence. They decided to stop them from entering the compound, because these were the same people who led the thugs that attacked Oshiomhole’s residence in Benin City penultimate week.
“While this confusion was on, the thugs brought by the deputy governor started destroying the vehicles belonging to Oshiomhole’s kinsmen. I want to state clearly that the vehicles destroyed were not in the convoy of the governor. The thugs targeted the vehicles belonging to Oshiomhole’s relations and friends and destroyed them. Thank God for the intervention of soldiers and other security officials who came to restore peace. This would not have happened if the thugs who invaded the community were not loyal to the deputy governor.
“However, Oshiomhole expresses his sincere apologies to the governor, the revered Oba of Lagos and the Chancellor over the unfortunate incident.”
Governor Obaseki reacts
Obaseki in his reaction vehemently condemned the attack, saying that it was a shame that he alongside the Oba of Lagos and the Chancellor of Edo University, Dr Aderemi Makanjuola, were attacked at the residence of the APC National Chairman.
“It is very unfortunate that we can’t feel safe in the house of our national chairman. I am not sure that if I visit the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party that they will attack me the way they did in the house of the APC National Chairman.
“It is unfortunate that things have degenerated to this extent. But we will continue to seek peace. We cannot afford to lose the gains of the last three years. We will continue to pursue peace.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.