Julius Abure, National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), has allegedly been arrested by Nigerian Police Force agents in Edo State.

Vanguard claims that Comrade Eragbe Anselm Aphimia, the party’s youth leader, filed a petition that resulted in the LP chairman’s arrest.

The youth leader filed a petition with the Edo State Commissioner of Police, claiming that in December 2023, he was attacked by certain party members.

The February 13 appeal was sent to the Edo State Command Commissioner of Police.

Parts of the petition read, “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.

“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.”

SP Chidi Nwabuzor, the public relations officer for the Edo State Police, said he had not been informed of the arrest when contacted by ZINGTIE.

He said, “As the PPRO of Edo State, I don’t know anything about it. When I am briefed then I can make it public.”

Dr. Yunusa Salisu Tanko, the chief spokesperson for the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council for the 2023 race, too merely replied, “I will get back to you,” when contacted.

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