SECURITY REPEL ATTACK ON APC NATIONAL RESIDENCE IN BENIN

by Taye Paul Olubayo

Security operatives on Friday repelled attack by hoodlums at the residence of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in Okorotun Street, Government Reservation Area, Benin City.

An inside source, said security repelled the hoodlums who attempted to block the entrance to the residence.

The source said Oshiomhole, former governor of the State was away to a function in Benin when the hoodlums block the entrance of his residence came.

There was no casualty recorded in the alleged attack.

It was gathered that the hoodlums who chanted war songs, were conveyed to the area in a Nissan Vanette buses.

According to him, “Oshiomhole came for the purpose of a function that took place in Protea hotel which was his aim of coming to Benin City from Abuja.

“While he was away on the function, some thugs believed to be in the other camp, blocked the entrance to his residence, fanning the embers of war.

“Security men on ground dislodge the hoodlums from gaining entrance into the residence.

There were a lot of gunshots on Friday night. Their aim is not yet established.

Addressing some youths who later converged on his residence in solidarity , Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, urged residents of the State to be calm.

He urged them to embrace peace, he alleged that the motive of ” those beating the drum of war” is to plunge Edo State into avoidable crisis.

“In a moment like this, it is not madness for madness because many of you I see here in 2007, you were already strong. During my second in 2012, you were already strong; Even at 2016, some of you were already deployed as party agent.

“These people want to create what has not happen for a very long time. They want war and want to cause crisis. They are boasting that they want to crush and crush people. Go and buy crushing machine.

“No man born of a woman that can change what God has said. And if God says No, who can say yes? My own is don’t let them drag you out of the bathroom like Igbo man says and be running after them like the tow naked mad men because we are not mad.

“If it comes to the ruffle ruffle that he wants, they don’t have the number. You know that when you start to tell lies, you will have to lie many times to sustain one lie. So, when I hear

“We will not condescend to their level.
But, let me say this. It is clear, Nigeria is a free Country. There is freedom of association. Thee is freedom of worship. There is freedom of religion. There is freedom of expression. So, nobody in Nigeria can harass you. Just be the good guys that you are.

“My weapon which is the truth, is more powerful than the weapon of the arm forces in the world.

“Have I threatened any of you? I have never sent any of you to prison. How many of you have I never said to any of youyou that if you do not follow me, I will send you to prison?

“…But, the tradition of Edo people is that if you do something and your father is not happy, he will call you home and say my son, don’t do this again.

“As a father or mother, maturity is the ability to change the habit that you are not happy with instead of growing up your Children up in a way. There is no wisdom to do as if you are an Angel. Who has never sin? Those who want to cast the first stone, may God bless them”, he said.

“If other people are beating the drum of war, we will share the drum of peace. You remember the story of Solomon in the Bible for those who are Christians, even those who are not Christians.

“Two women were arguing who is the actual owner of a Child. Solomon called the two mothers who were laying claims to the Child. There was no way to proof because at that time, there was no DNA. So, King Solomon said lets divide the Child into two parts so that everybody has something.

“The one that is not the owner of the Child said yes, but the actual mother of the Child said no, leave the Child for my second. Then Solomon said you are the actual mother”, he said.

In the mean time, Security has been beefed up around the residence apparently to forestall breakdown of law and order.

On Sunday morning, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operation), Edo Command, Mr Tunde Sunmonu led a high level of security operatives to Oshiomhole’s residence.

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