By Charles Nwabardi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State has raised alarm over the serial attacks on some of its leaders just as the party has condemned the gruesome murder on Sunday of the driver and a policeman attached to Chief Michael Johnny; a topmost leader of the party in the state. He is of Ijaw extraction.
The alarm has also come in connection with the recent violent attack on the APC Delta North Vice Chairman, Prince Fred Mordi. He replaced the former Vice Chairman of the Party in Delta North Senatorial District; Chief George Okafor, who resigned his position and membership of the party.
APC Delta State Publicity Secretary (Caretaker), Sylvester Imonina in a statement on Saturday said, “After the newly appointed Vice Chairman rounded off the celebrations organised for him by Aniocha South APC at Ogwashi-Uku on the 3rd of July, 2021, he was waylaid on his way home by unknown gunmen who trailed him from Ogwashi-Uku to Asaba.
“Luckily for him, the criminals did not cause him any serious bodily harm but his ATM card, large sum of money and other personal belongings were taken from him after being brutalized by them.
“In the same vein, the security Attachee and the Driver to Chief Michael Johnny were murdered in cold blood on Sunday July 4, 2021, in Effurun-Warri. Nothing was taken from the scene of crime which clearly shows a prima facie evidence of assassination.
“According to the undiluted information at the disposal of our Party, the assailants thought that Chief Michael Johnny was in the vehicle, hence the brutal and vicious strike. We thank God for sparing the life of Chief Micheal Johnny but that notwithstanding, the gruesome murder of his close associates has left our Party in mourning.”
“Delta APC commiserates with the family members of the deceased persons and those they left behind. The killers and their sponsors will never know peace.
“We accordingly call on the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, the DSS and other security agencies to immediately investigate the dastardly murder and attack on APC members and their Aides in the State. These coordinated attacks should not be swept under the carpet. The attackers must not go unpunished!
“Lives of Deltans matter and the Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa must live up to his responsibility as the Chief Security Officer of the state. The security votes that he collects every month must be put to better use.”
“No Deltan deserves to be killed as the right to life is sacrosanct.”