The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council (PDP-PCCO) on Sunday raised the alarm over the alleged secret execution of political opponents in Kogi State.
The organisation said no fewer than three members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), were murdered on Friday.
Spokesperson of PDP-PCCO in Kogi, Austin Okai Usman, in a statement entitled: “Kogi State Is Under Siege”, said: “Nigerians may recall that January 6 2019, this council uncovered a plot by the outgoing accidental Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Adoza Bello and his agents to roll out an elaborate agenda to roll out calculated violence in the state targeted at members of the opposition.
“Not only was this revelation made to the world and selected foreign missions, the council noted that the project will be bankrolled by the state government.
“Whereas agents of the screamed blue murder and employed all the outdated tricks to cover up their plot to endanger Nigeria’s democracy, the events of the last 3 days has clearly validated our intelligence report.
“It is for this reason that the attention of the highest echelon of the Nigeria Armed Forces, the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police Force is drawn to the fact that on the last count, paid agents of the Kogi State Governor, provided with full security and supervised by a member of the cabinet of the outgoing governor, Yahaya Bello have summarily executed three (3) members of the opposition especially the Social Democratic Party (SDP) by gunshot.
“We note that this operation lasted for at least 2 hours 3 minutes starting from 1:30am on January 11 2019.
“While this ‘point and kill’ operation went on, every access members of the opposition had to security agents were either interrupted or cut off. Members of the opposition who could phone local police formations were ignored as the phone calls rang out.
“We also wish to draw the attention of the Embassy of the U.S and Germany as well as the High Commissions of the U.K. and Canada that perhaps the prediction of the disintegration of Nigeria by 2015 is still valid as all indices point to a fact that the date merely changed and that Kogi State, being a former capital of Nigeria with access to waterfront resources has been designated as the point from where the first shots signifying commencement of the 2nd Nigerian civil war will be fired.
“The PDP Presidential Campaign Council also notes that currently, at least 2 families in the over 210 electoral wards in Kogi State have at least 3 victims of political violence which comes in form of festering wounds, permanent disability or even death as the case is with the Ojo Enesi family in Okene, Kogi Central.
“In the last two years, the state government has openly invested state funds in the acquisition of military hardware – booths, camouflage, rifles, grenades, machetes and bullets some of which were seen on live television.
“We are concerned that if pump action rifles and AK47 can be used as though they were hand fans without consequences, the actors of last night could be emboldened to resort to IED’s, dynamites or even recruit suicide bombers to commit mass murder.
“It is pursuant to these developments that the PDP Presidential Campaign Council demand in immediate stop to the killings in Kogi State just as we call on the Presidency to prove that it is not complicit in this by instructing the Inspector General of Police to arrest the major actors who have been identified.
“We also invite the Nigeria Navy to without delay commence patrol of the water ways of Kogi State and show proof of same on camera because there are strong indication that some criminal gangs regroup there.
“We demand patrol by the Nigeria Army and the Department of State Services along identified hotbeds in the state especially between the hours of 7:30pm till 6:00am.
“While we challenge the Federal Government to prove it’s non involvement in this attempts to cause mass bloodshed in Kogi State, we urge members of the public to stay strong and recommit themselves to terminating the reign of those who embolden impunity and reward killers via the ballot.
“Our hearts remain with the families of the dead and we pray their souls find eternal repose.”