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APC Crisis: How Unknown Security Men Sealed Secretariat In Asaba

Anirah Urges Delta APC Members To Resolve Delta Crisis
Posted: Jul 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

FELIX IGBEKOYI

ASABA

The denial by the Delta State Police Command that it did not know the identity of security men who sealed the state secretariat of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Asaba, has led to apprehension among members of the party as to where the uniformed men came from.

Combined squad from the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and Mobile Police Unit over a week ago were said to have carried out the assignment when a faction of the state executive members of the party convened a meeting to suspend Prophet Jones Erhue, the state chairman.

The executive members were however locked out of the secretariat by the security men who stormed the premises and prevented them from holding meeting.

Following disagreement among chieftains of the party, the police were said to have intervened by sealing the secretariat to prevent a breach of peace.

One of the executive members of the party who spoke under anonymity said, “I came to the secretariat but the sight of the armed security men scared me. I had to hide myself but I identified one of the men who is one of the security men attached to Otega and that is why I knew it is about the fight over the party.’’

However, Delta State Police Command denied that it sealed the secretariat of APC in Asaba.

CSP Celestina Kalu, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said that the command was not aware that the APC office in Asaba was under lock and key on the orders of the command.

However, Mr. Emeka Okonji, the Secretary of the party told Independent that the executive had to lock the secretariat gate when a group wanted to hold a meeting, which was not approved by the executive.

Okonji said the secretariat gate and the office would be opened, adding that it was not the police that locked the gate.

According to him, the party has only one executive headed by Prophet Jones Erhue and urged all APC members to be supportive of a united party.

But another executive member from the other faction said that the crisis that brewed between some party elders in collaboration with some state executive on one side and Olorogun O’tega Emerhor with the state APC leadership loyal to him on the other divide led to the trouble.

To the party members, it is worrisome that the identity of the security men was not known till date. They called on the police authorities to investigate the matter just as they regretted that if they had shot and killed people they would have escaped without identification.