Julius Abure, the National Chairman of the Labour Party, has been released from custody. He and several party members were taken into custody on Wednesday in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.

According to ZINGTIE, a group of police officers and Department of State Services (DSS) agents arrested Abure and the party’s Edo state leader, Mr. Kelly Ogbaloi.

Comrade Eragbe Anselm Aphimia, the LP Youth Leader, who is purportedly devoted to Lamidi Apapa, the party’s factional head, filed a petition that led to the arrest.

The young leader filed a case with the CP, claiming that in December 2023, he was attacked by several party members.

Abure was forcibly detained within 48 hours before the party’s primary election and the state’s September 21 governor’s race.

However, according to information obtained by ZINGTIE, Abure was freed on bond on Wednesday night.

Speaking to supporters early on Thursday, Abure said, “let me thank all of you for your solidarity and support. We have been facing several battles since the last election ended.

“Yesterday, we were making arrangements for the primaries and the police swamped on us, arrested us, over what I will not discuss now because investigation is still going on.

“I must, however, state clearly that following several interventions, they have graciously released me on bail.”

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