Nigeria: Two Gunmen Invade Odigie-Oyegun's Abuja Home


BEVERLY HILLS, January 12, (THEWILL) – The Abuja residence of the former Governor of Edo State and current National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was invaded on Sunday night by two unidentified gunmen who forcefully took N200, 000 (about $1K) from the politician's wife. The former governor was not at the residence during the security breach which the police described as a “break-in and burglary crime.”

But the party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, hoped that the police investigation would reveal the identities of those behind the raid.

''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,” the statement said.

The party said while it did not know who was behind the invasion, the angry speeches and personality attacks that had been directed at the opposition by the leadership of the PDP and their spokesmen had heightened tension and put the lives of opposition politicians at risk.

Also, the Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation and Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, told reporters at the inauguration of the party's national campaign headquarters and the presidential campaign council that the incident was responsible for Oyegun's absence at the event.

Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, told reporters that the police have commenced investigations into the crime.