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JUST-IN: Edo Council Chair, Family Escape Assassination

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The Chairman of Owan East Local Government Area, of Edo state, Hon Andrew Osigwe, Tuesday evening, escaped assassination attempt when unknown gunmen attacked his residence at Ihievbe area of the local government, Leadership reports.

The Chairman who spoke with newsmen on telephone, said though he was not in the house when the incident occurred, but his wife and three sons who were in the house were lucky to have escaped unhurt.

He explained that his family were in the compound celebrating his last son’s birthday with some family friends when the incidence occurred.

He said the unknown gunmen came to the house and shot at his house and were seen driving to a neighbouring village thereafter.

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He said aside shattering window glasses in the house, his utility vehicle parked inside the compound was also riddled with bullets.

Asked who could have been responsible, he said it was members of the opposition party in the state, All Progressives Congress (APC) who are bent on winning the forthcoming governorship election at all cost.

According to him, “I was told of plans to assassinate me before the election but not when and how it will happen, i didn’t know.

“I had written a petition to the IGP and the state Commissioner of Police when i learnt of this but nothing was done about it until his very moment this happened.

“I am not scared of anybody and i know nothing will happen to me and my family. The question however is, is this how to play politics?

“You can imagine what would have happened; my son’s birthday is today and my family and few friends were in the compound celebrating when the people came to shoot at everything on site.

The Divisional Police Officer in Afuze, Oladikupo Olawale confirmed the incident and said everything was under control.

“I am here to ensure nobody takes law into their hands but the unfortunate thing was that while here to ascertain the situation of things, the gunmen came back again but were repelled by my team,” he stated.

However, reacting to the allegation that APC members must have been responsible for the attack, Mr Pally Iriase denied the allegation and pointed out that Osigwe himself had led various violent attacks against the APC members in the past few months.

The immediate Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, said APC could not have been responsible since they were all involved in the ward to ward campaign of their governorship candidate that belted in the council area on Tuesday.

“Of what motive would APC attack him, he has been the purveyor of violence, especially since the campaigns began, he has personally led boys to attack and maim APC members in the locality.

“Was it not the same person who led boys to destroy canopies and chairs set up for the ward to ward campaign today around the council area.

“He may have done this to himself to hype himself because he knows he is losing,” Iriase stated.

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