The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, Usman Ododo, has urged security agencies to release chieftains of the party arrested in Kogi East on Tuesday.
The APC flag bearer insisted that those arrested were noble individuals without any questionable character.
He lamented that the raid on the APC chieftains’ residences and the destruction of their property were sources of concern to the party.
Vox9ja understands that some political thugs, reportedly from APC in the state, attacked the residence of the Director-General of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Campaign Council, Sheikh Ibrahim Jibrin, in Anyigba on Tuesday, killing a policeman and four other persons.
This subsequently led to the arrest of some ruling party chieftains by security agencies.
Speaking on the matter, the APC candidate, in a video clip shared by Arise TV, denied the report, insisting that criminals carried out the attack against his party member.
He called on security agencies to release the APC chieftains in their custody, saying he does not breed criminals or thugs.
He said: “They have picked almost seven of my [party] members, even from my community. I allowed them to do their work and I had no plans to interfere in their investigation.
“I believe that when they are done with the investigation and none of them is found guilty, they will be released.
“I have been invited severally by the security agencies and I always honour their invitations. I don’t breed criminals, I don’t breed thugs and I don’t have one.
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“But as it is now, for the security agencies to be harassing our members without a cause, I call on them to release our members and face those criminals that went to kill one of our members. That is what they should focus on, not the law-abiding citizens.”
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