Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on Inspector General of Police to intervene in the seizure of voter education and campaign materials belonging to Ikenga Ugochinyere and PDP in Imo state.
Co- Spokesperson of the coalition , Mr. Mark Adebayo who made the call at a media briefing in Abuja alleged that the Imo state CP colluded with the ruling party in the state to seize voter education and campaign materials belonging to Ikenga and the PDP as well detaining and torturing those in possession of the materials for days without charging them to Court or releasing them.
He explained that the lawyer who went to secure the bail of the arrested people was also arrested and detained but was released after three days.
Adebayo also alleged that the Imo CP shielded those responsible for voter register manipulation but only went ahead to charge an INEC staff to Court and action which has been struck out by the court for lack of evidence.
The coalition urged Inspector General of Police to redeploy the Commissioner of Police Imo State for his involvement in the attacks on Ikenga and also his involvement in politics.
He called on both Local and Foreign election observers ad, also foreign missions to note Ideato as a flash point for possible election related violence.
Speaking of attack on country home of spokesperson Ikenga Ugochinyere by unknown gunmen on 7th February 2023, Adebayo released video footage of the attcak , said the attack is coming less than a month after the second attack on 14th January where four people were killed including Ikenga’s uncle and property and over thirty two vehicles worth over One Billion Naira was destroyed.
According to him, the video showed the men armed with guns, machetes charms and other dangerous weapons invading the house in commando style and when they could not find Ikenga in the house resorted to terrorizing occupants of the house, stealing of property, planting incriminating items and destruction of property including bursting overhead water tanks and industrial size generators.
Adebayo whoever called on the Inspector General of Police to immediately investigate the attack so as to unravel the mystery behind Unknown Gunmen in Imo State.