Plots by the All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftains in Benue State to assassinate former president of the Senate, Senator David Mark, ahead of the Saturday, February 20, 2016, rerun election for Benue South, has been uncovered.
Yesterday, police said to be attached to the state deputy governor, Benson Abounu, fired several gunshots into the family house of Senator Mark as well as his residence at GRA, Otukpo.
No reason was given for the unprovoked attack and no arrest has been made.
According to a press statement by Paul Mumeh, media assistant to Sen Mark, which was made available to Nigerian Pilot in Makurdi, the APC candidate for the election, Daniel Onjeh, through his campaign director, Okpokwu Ogenyi, in connivance with Abounu, allegedly hired the services of cultists to unleash terror in Benue South and in the process target Senator Mark for elimination.
Credible sources listed the cultists hired for the assassination to include the notorious supreme Vikings squad from Jos, Plateau State, as well as the dreaded Black Axe in Makurdi, Benue State.
Already, Senator Mark has alerted the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, of the plot by the APC stalwarts to assassinate him.
In a petition to the IGP signed by the former Senate president’s counsel, Ken Ikonne, it was alleged that one Okpokwu Ogenyi was the arrow head of the plot.
Ikonne in the petition told the IGP that “it is obvious that Ogenyi knows more about the assassination plot than he has revealed.
“Our client has therefore instructed us to petition you (IGP) to as a matter of urgency apprehend and interrogate Ogenyi to throw more light on the details of this grave assassination plot before he and his associates carry out the dastardly plot.”
A couple of weeks ago, the state chairman of APC, Abbah Yaro was quoted as saying “if Senator Mark wants, let him win the election in seven out of the nine local government areas but no returning officer born of a woman will dare declare him.”
His PDP counterpart, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo had petitioned the Nigeria Police over the unhealthy political activities of APC in the state ahead of the election and asked the authorities to prevail on them to allow peace to reign.
The state police spokesman, Moses Yamu, when contacted on phone, said he was yet to receive any report concerning the development.
Press secretary to the deputy governor, Ede Ogaba Ede also refuted the story on phone, saying it was borne out of mischief.


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