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Kogi West: Election like war, How Taofiq Isah storms Ekinrin-Adde, and ADC party agent shot | Open Reporters
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Kogi West: Election like war, How Taofiq Isah storms Ekinrin-Adde, and ADC party agent shot



And finally, the over reported mayhem purportedly found its way into Okunland in this just concluded Assembly election. Okunland now have its pans of flesh chopped in the morsel of a home grown killer merchant, hires assassin in the toga and regalia of APC and on APC election-must win chat-line? The impression and laudable conduct of thuggery that Yahaya Bello wants is here strengthened and maintained.

Kogi now in a tragic tramp. It would be recalled on 23rd February, on the presidential and NASS election, some hoodlums led by one Taiwo Ayeniko ( alias Kusibee) were caught with heavily loaded pump-action with ammunition and some enchantments in golf-4 car, while they were trying to attacked the collation centre of Ekinrin-Adde ward. The information heard it that these criminal were hijacked by some of the youth, who got the information of their activities before hands. Meanwhile, they escaped before the police came and made away with the guns and the enchantments to the palace of the Olu-Adde that night. Our reporters also gathered that few days after, Hon. Taofiq Isah, who was conceived as the errand master came to Olu-Adde’s palace to beg for the release of those constificated items. But openreporters learnt he was not given.

Unfortunately till now, no one heard of this case, either was any arrest made in respect and connection to this effect.

Within the period of this presidential and NASS election to Saturday 9th of the House of Assembly election, a lot of discordant tunes rent the air in the wake of atrocities relating to various attacks and threats from APC warlords across the three senatorial zone of the state. No doubt this period is seen as a period of political trials and tribulations for the people of Kogi state. The revelation is tantamount to anguish, death, hunger and force.

Yesterday election did not take any exception as the atmospheric condition of Kogi state like a war zone. Even an eve to state Assembly election in kogi west was bloody as some PDP members in Yagba West were attacked, pelted with stones and matcheted. In Odokoro and environs where Ijumu Administrator came from was said to be like cemetery before and after the polls as a result of the armed men mounted in those area; no one dear makes moves against, even some out of fear couldn’t come out to votes.

The report at openreporters’ disposal was that the Ijumu Administrator took to rampaging in an entourage of his hit men, who are heavily loaded with guns around Ijumu villages. It was also gathered that at Ekinrin-Adde, a gunshot was fired at one Akim Dare in Odo-ona polling unit. According to one who seek anonymity said, they came in Sienna car to disrupt the ongoing peaceful electioneering; unfortunately for them, they were not allowed to carry out their intended evil venture of snatching ballot box (es), when one of the contractors opened fire on Akim.

When Openreporters Publisher put a call across to Akim Dare for an enquiry, he said, there have been a rift going on at Oja ode, a local market in the area, but himself as an ADC party agent at Odo-ona polling station, did not leave his polling unit. That when they came, as if there was some people whom they have targeted. According to him, the Taofiq-led boys were shooting sporadically and when he saw they were approaching towards his polling unit, he took a cover but a gunshot still find its way to hit him.

Although, in a more exclusive discussion with Akim on phone, he said himself was not the only one they were seeking to shoot, that he suspected they might be looking out for others, particularly a guy called ‘mighty’ who was a staunch opposition to their advances.

When he was also asked about the involvement of Hon. Ade Omofaiye, the outgoing house of assembly member representing ijumu constituency, he said they visited Ade Omofaiye as APC leader in the area, but he was not aware of what discussion they might have. Meanwhile, Akim however thanked God for spearing his life.

Meanwhile, Hon. Ade Omofaiye number was switched off at the point of filling this report, while attempt to get Hon. Taofiq’s number proved unsuccessful. In a related development, a very close allies of Hon. Ade Omofaiye told us that it was those party boys laid a siege against the Ijumu Administrator and for him to defend himself, he has to order the release of gunshot to scared them but unfortunately, like the shot got one of them.

But in a different opinion, one of the high chief in the area said, it is unconstitutional for Ijumu Administrator to move in such a day like yesterday which was declared an election day; adding that if not for an evil motive, he should be in his polling unit to monitor what was going on there, he said.

Meanwhile, in the recent time, the desperation in the governor to make sure the APC is enthrone has instructed the action of the appointees to go gaga in making sure election favours them at all cost and with all method at their disposal. Now that this intention is achieved, let watch out what November offers, when he governor Bello will be slugging it out for a reelection bid.

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