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Police arrest Labour Party chairman, Abure in Edo state

The National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Julius Abure, has been taken into custody by agents of the Edo State Police Command.

Abure was taken into custody on Wednesday in Benin City, the state capital of Edo State, on allegations of premeditated attempted murder, amongst other alleged infractions.

Comrade Eragbe Anselm Aphimia, the Leader of the LP Youth, filed a petition that led to the arrest of the chairman of the Labour Party.

Part of the February 13 petition is headed “I, Comrade Eragbe Anselm, write to you with utmost urgency and grave concern regarding a heinous act of violence perpetrated against me on the 29th of December 2023.” It is addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command.

“I am a member and National Youth Leader of the Labour Party (LP) in Nigeria, and the events I am about to recount are of utmost importance for justice and the safety of individuals involved in political activities.

“On December 28, 2023, I flew into Benin City Airport around 2 p.m. as part of an official 5-member delegation authorised by the Acting National Chairman of the Labour Party, Alhaji Lamidi Basiru Apapa.

“Our mission was to organise Ward, LGA, and State Congresses in Edo State, as well as supervise the sale of nomination forms for various posts, as mandated by INEC guidelines, within the stipulated time frames.

“On arrival at the Benin Airport, I was received by one Mrs Mary Okheime Newberry, who falsely claimed to be providing transportation and accommodation on behalf of unnamed “stakeholders.”

“She proceeded to lodge us at the Smart Homes Hotel, unknown to us that she was plotting a sinister and gruesome ambush. The next morning, a man named Austin Emeka came to pick me and my colleague, Mr Patrick Anethua, up from the hotel lobby, pretending to take us to a meeting venue.

“Instead, we were violently attacked just outside the hotel gates by a waiting mob.”

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