The Kogi State Governship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Muritala Ajaka has refused to honour an invitation by the State police command for a chat on the November 11 election in the State, even as officers of the command raided the residence of his campaign Director General, Sheikh Ibrahim, leading to the death of a police man and others.
The Command’s Commissioner, Bethrand Onuoha, who confirmed the raid on the Ayigba residence of Sheikh Ibrahim yesterday, November 7, said that candidates of other parties have since honoured similar invitation to them.
Onuoha said: “Sheikh Ibrahim is not among the people killed during the gun duel between our operatives and political thugs who met in his residence this morning.
“This morning raid of the SDP D-G’s house followed a privilege information, during which four persons lost their lives.
“We were able to arrest eight suspects and recovered four AK-47 rifles during the exercise.
“Among the suspects arrested are two security personnel, one of whom could not properly identify himself or tell who his Commander is in Abuja, where he claimed to have come from.
“It’s very unfortunate that lives were lost to the raid, which was a normal routine operation of our security operatives.
“We will, as security operatives, continue to go after all criminals disturbing the peace of Kogi, even kidnappers.
“We won’t give them any breathing space at all.”
The police chief called on residents to remain calm and be law abiding before, during and after the November 11, 2023 governorship election in the state.
NAN reports that among those picked by the security operatives is the Director/Media Consultant of MuriSam Campaign Council, Isaiah Ijele.