The Kogi Central Senatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Natasha Akpoti, on Saturday evening stormed the Kogi State Police Command in Lokoja with the corpse of one of her supporters allegedly killed in the midnight of Saturday.
It was gathered that the victim, Ojo Enesi, was attacked at Obeiba, Ihima in the Okehi Local Government Area by some suspected thugs, who equally razed some houses in the area.
Akpoti, who led other supporters of her party to the Lokoja Police Force Headquarters at about 6pm on Saturday with the corpse of Enesi, lamented that he was killed because he was supporting her.
She told the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Hakim Busari, that the intimidation and continuous harassment of her supporters would not dissuade her from achieving her quest to liberate the people from poverty.
She said, “At about 11 pm on Friday, a vehicle was parked at the Commissioner for Water Resources’ house in Ihima where guns, ammunition and police uniforms were offloaded into the residence of the commissioner.
“As soon as I got the information, I drew the attention of the area commander of police in the district, Mr Adegoke Rufus, but to my surprise he told me that the party, the APC, was arming its members against possible attack from SDP supporters.
“The inability of the area commander to take a proactive measure led to the killing of Ojo Enesi while several others were seriously wounded as the thugs were given new guns to launch a house-to-house raid on my supporters.”
She added, “At 1 am, I started receiving distress calls that the APC thugs had invaded the houses of my supporters; those I could reach, I told them to run away, but unfortunately Ojo Enesi could not escape as he was killed near his house.
“Without mincing words, the late Enesi was simply killed because he was supporting Natasha Akpoti of the SDP. We brought the corpse to the police headquarters in Lokoja and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakim Busari, has assured us that the case would be transferred to Lokoja to ensure that justice is brought to the family of the deceased.”
She appealed to all her supporter against reprisal, but vowed that the perpetrators of the act would be brought to book.
“I am using this medium to appeal to my supporters to remain firm and resolute as the struggle to emancipate the people remain: no retreat, no surrender. We will not be intimidated and we cannot be cowed to back out of the race.
“In any democratic setting around the world, there is opposition. So, we cannot be hindered from exercising our right of campaigning before the election as stipulated by the constitution,” she said.