Edo varsity Attack: Oshiomole’s life under threat, Group alleges
By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja
Barely 48 hours after Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu and one other person were attacked at a University located in Iyamho, a socio-cultural group under the aegis of The Afemai Youth Vanguard has said life of National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole is under threat.
The group alleged in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Adams Mumini and made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday that deputy governor of the State, Philip Shaibu was the one who masterminded the attack.
Mumini described as “persistent threat on the life of their son and National Chairman of APC”, warning that they will hold the governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration responsible if anything happens to him.
He urged the Inspector-General of Police, to investigate the Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, over the recent attacks, alleging that he specifically sent thugs to the Iyamho residence of Comrade Oshiomhole last Saturday, after the 1st convocation ceremony of the Edo University Iyamho.
The statement read, “We are worried that three weeks ago, the residence of our son, Comrade Oshiomhole was attacked in Benin by thugs sponsored by the state government. We are aware that those who masterminded it are being interrogated at the Force Headquarters Abuja.
“As if that was not enough, the Deputy Governor of the state threw caution to the winds when he rode on a motorbike to a convocation ceremony in Iyamho in company of over one thousand thugs.
“Due to his persistence that the thugs will join him into the convocation hall he was tear gassed by the police. We were shocked that the same thugs rather than going back to their homes, still followed the governor and his deputy to residence of our son Oshiomhole who did not invite them for the lunch. We are worried that the activities of the deputy governor have caused embarrassment not only to the people of Afemai land but the entire Edo state.
“For him to be involved in this calculated attempt to embarrass our son Oshiomhole is unfortunate. People are scared now in Edo North due to the desperate actions of governor Obaseki and his deputy to get a second term. We are appealing to the IGP to investigate Shaibu’s activities Last Saturday because we are lucky that no body died in that unfortunate incident.
“We also want to remind Shaibu that Oshiomhole made him what he is today. He labored to make Obaseki and himself governor and deputy respective and their ingratitude to the national chairman will not go unpunished. But we also want to give Shaibu notice that sooner or later if he does not retrace his steps we will ban him from entering Edo North and Etsako in particular.”