The Secretary to the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, David Umar Mike, said gunmen carted away the petitions of four parties challenging the electoral victory of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Usman Ododo, in the November 11, 2023 poll.
This was according to the spokesperson for the police in the state, William Aya.
In a statement on Wednesday, the police spokesperson said Mike reported to the police that he was attacked on Monday by some armed men while heading to his office at the High Court Complex in Lokoja, the state capital.
The tribunal secretary said he was with two other officials when the incident occurred.
“All of them (gunmen) surrounded and blocked him (Mike) as he attempted to reverse,” the police said in their statement.
“That he saw about seven hooded men all heavily armed and dressed in black attire who shot severally into the air and dragged him and his two other colleagues out of their car, ransacked the car and made away with all the documents including Petitions filed by four (4) Parties namely Action Alliance (AA), Action People’s Party (APP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP)/two (2) Record Books/a Bag containing his personal items.”
He said an investigation into the incident has been ordered by the Commissioner of Police in the state.
“The attention of the Kogi State Police Command has been drawn to series of distorted information on the incident hence the need to set the records straight. The general public is advised to avoid statements that may prejudice ongoing investigation into the matter.”
The Police also appealed to anyone with useful information on the alleged incident to provide same to the Command.