The Abuja residence of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was invaded by unidentified persons suspected to armed robber in the early hours of Monday.
Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, who disclosed this while speaking at the inauguration of the campaign council in Abuja, said the invaders tormented the chairman’s family.
Ameachi, who is also the Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, said, “I want to begin on a rather sad note. Our National Chairman is not here because armed robbers robbed him last night. They broke into his house and tormented his family. He has therefore asked me to convey the fact that he may be running late, but he has to stay with his family for some time. But certainly he will be at Imo State for the campaign.
“I have to break the news because we are supposed to be protected by the federal government of Nigeria and Abuja unlike before is no longer safe. For the APC Chairman to be attacked, only God knows where will be safe.
“He has asked me to apologize to all of you, especially the presidential candidate and his vice and said he will do everything possible to join us along the line. Let me also thank the presidential candidate and his vice and the leadership of the party for thinking me qualified to manage this campaign.”
However, a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Chief Oyegun was not at home when the attackers visited his house at about 1.30am.
Mohammed said the activities of the invaders indicated some sinister motives as only the room of the chairman was ransacked, while his wife was left traumatized.
He said, “The facts of the raid as available so far point to a sinister motive. For example, only Chief Oyegun’s room was ransacked in the whole house. Common sense dictates that if the invaders were robbers, they would have ransacked the whole house in search of money and other valuables which they might have believed were in the residence
“The invaders, two burly men, removed the window burglar bars to gain access to the residence from the back, and then made straight for the bedroom of our National Chairman. Police security was in place at the residence when the incident happened.”
Source: The Nation