Edo APC at War as Two Chieftains Are Arraigned for Attempted Murder

Two months after the exit of the former Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) is at war.
Known faces in the government of Oshiomhole are now dagger drawn, as two chieftains of the party are in the law court for attempt to murder.
The state Secretary of the party, Chief Osaro Idah and the state youth leader, Osakpamwan Eriyo alas No Molest, a known thug in Oshiomhole’s administration, are at each other’s throat in attempt to gain relevance in the present government
Times have changed as Eriyo and Sunday Osagbona, were Thursday arraigned at the Oredo Magistrate Court for attempted murder.
Eriyo is also the Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association (RTEAN) while Osagbona is the Ward three Chairman of the APC in Oredo Local Government.
Before the APC chieftains were arraigned, a drama played out as their supporters had defied police blockade and invaded the headquarters of the Edo State Police Command to demand their release. If it was during the last administration they would have been released.
They chanted songs saying they have been at the Police Headquarters for the past three days when their leaders were detained.
One of them told reporters that they have been besieging the Police Headquarters but the Police refused to release their leaders.
However, the police whisked the APC chieftains under heavy security to the Magistrate Court along Sapele Road on Thursday.
Officials of RTEAN and suspected thugs stormed the court but Police prevented them from gaining access which caused heavy vehicular traffic.
When Eriyo was brought to court, he was shouting down on Policemen on why he should be brought to court in handcuffs when he was not a criminal.
He said, “Am I a criminal? Did I kill anybody? Why are they charging me for attempted murder?
“I didn’t do anything. It is the Governor (Godwin Obaseki) that is oppressing me.”
A two-count charge of attempt to murder Chief Osaro Idah, State Secretary of the APC, were preferred against them.
Their pleas were not taken but their Counsel, Usunobun Evbayiro, in what he described as a ‘Christmas application’ urged the court to grant them custody in the police clinic because of alleged ill-health.
He said his clients were hypertensive, asthmatic, have high blood sugar and need constant medical attention.
His words, “The first accused person collapsed at Police Station . It was the Police doctors that revived him. I urge you to use your discretion to him to be kept in police hospital so that Police doctors can attend to him. It is for him not to die in custody.”
But the presiding Magistrate, Justice M.C Ojobo said she lacked such powers and that prison custody is the proper place to remand them since there are health facilities at the prisons.
She said she lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter and ordered the case file be sent to the Department of Public Prosecution for legal advice.
The case was adjourned to January 13 for mentioning.
It would be recalled that the APC were arrested after a following a petition sent to the police by Chief Idah that they threatened his life.

Author: News Editor

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