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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Explosion hits Edo APC secretary’s residence

Only 24 hours after the presidency had declared the restoration of the All Progressive Congress Reconciliation Committee, APC headed by Chief Bisi Akande, the private residence of party factional Edo Secretary of State Lawrence Okah rocked with an explosion.


The reported explosion occurred at about 12:30 a.m. and the police anti-bomb squad retrieved a bomb that didn't explode, while the other that exploded destroyed part of the roof of the house and left a crater on the scene where the explosion happened.

Okah who said gunmen on Tuesday night targeted his home with gunshots last week, accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of the assaults. He said APC members who opposed Obaseki's second term bid were targeted at attacks.

Yet Obaseki said recourse to the violence was the stock in trade of Adams Oshiomhole and his counterparts in the People's Movement, EPM, and Osagie Ize-Iyamu, national leader of APC.

Okah, while speaking on the attack,  said, 
“On Tuesday last week, I heard gunshots. They shot at my bedroom. The police came and picked 52 bullets from my house “And again on Tuesday at 12:30a.m. (yesterday), I heard a sound, a boom. I called my securitymen and they said it sounded like a bomb. The one they threw into my bedroom did not detonate. If that one had detonated, you would not have seen me to talk to. “That was targeted at my room. If it had exploded, it would have been a different story. I just want to advise Mr Governor. He has threatened me before and he has carried out the threat. “By the grace of God, we are alive to speak to our people to let them know what is going on. We pray to God for those we helped not to turn around against us. By the grace of God I am one of those that helped this government to be but the governor has turned around now and wants to kill us.”
The APC State Chapter was peaceful until the EPM and its enabler started their harsh activities across the City. Obaseki made this statement through his Special Counselor of Media and Communication Strategy Mr Crusoe Osagie.

He said;
“We are quite flustered that Oshiomhole has not been able to rein in his people in the face of the reconstitution of the APC National Reconciliation Committee, tasked to restore lasting peace in the party both in the state and across the country. We are committed to peace and will do things right thing for the people of Edo State by continually supporting all credible means to arrive at lasting peace in the state.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu and former Deputy Governor, Dr Pius Odubu, Idahagbon Henry, Obahiagbon and other men, who were present in Okah's residence yesterday said that, in order to achieve the second term, Obaseki and his Deputy Shaibu shouldn't have to kill.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu said:
“They went to Chief Inegbeki’s house and threw bomb there. Who will go and throw a bomb in his own house because he want to do mischief? Chief Inegbeneki offence was that he was coordinating a rally in his hometown in Irrua. Lawrence Okah has been the subject of a lot of attack and attention. “Some days ago, he reported that gunmen shot at his house. If not for the grace of God, the people living here would have been killed. If they had been killed, would Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu had told us everybody should go and mind their casualties. Enough is enough. “We have been talking peace to our people but if they begin to think that immunity is a license to kill, they will be mistaken. They need to be very careful. This thing must stop.“People like us have tried to engage them and all we got was insult. Our desire for peace is not a sign for weakness. This rubbish must stop. They must call their people to order. This is not the work of robbers. Armed robbers cannot throw bomb and walk away. This was politically motivated. Lawrence Okah is Secretary of this party. You cannot force him to do your bidding. If you want him to work for you, you must submit yourself to the party. “We will continue to call our people to maintain peace. If we want to retaliate, this city will be turned into a war zone. It is time the security agencies start to make arrests. “We appeal to the police not to wait for people to die before they realised the matter is serious. They have used guns, now they are using bombs. We don’t know what next they will use.”


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