‘How Ex-Oyigbo Chairman Was Stripped Naked, Detained In Container’
The audience at the inaugural sitting of the Commission of inquiry into the alleged violence that characterized the elections of march 23 and April 9 in the state were stunned, as witnesses shared gory experiences of torture and violence allegedly perpetrated by security forces during the elections in Oyigbo local government area of the state.
Narrating his ordeal in the hands of soldiers and Federal Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) officials during the election in Oyigbo, former care-taker committee chairman of the local government, Mr. Chisom Mgbali told the commission headed by Justice Danagogo Monima that he was arrested on the eve of the election at his hotel by soldiers who also destroyed his building when they invaded his voyage hotel located in Oyigbo.
Led in evidence by the lead counsel, to the commission, Chidi Ekeh, Chisom also informed the commission that over five of his workers were arrested and detained by a group of soldiers on the Friday preceding the elections.
He accused one Mr. Kelechi of leading the soldiers that invaded his hotel and arrested his boys when they could not find him in the hotel.
They also accused the Oyibo Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Okere of leading the group of soldiers that harassed and arrested some of the leaders of the Oyibo chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the elections.
The former CTC chair told the commission that some PDP leaders in the LGA who were targeted for arrests by the soldiers included, Hon. Gerald Oforji, the present chairman of the LGA, stating that the soldiers also invaded his home and destroyed property in the premises when they could not find him at home.
The soldiers, he also alleged went to ward 6, where they also attacked the house of PDP chieftain, Hon. Okechukwu Akala Worgu, adding that the PDP ward agent in the election, Late Chijioke Azuonwu was shot dead by members of the FSARS on the day of election in the area.