Edo Assembly Crisis: Activist alleges threat to life

David Ugolor

David Ugolor said the threats increased after his recent appearance on a Benin-based TV station, ITV.

The Executive Director, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, David Ugolor, on Monday alleged threat to his life by unknown persons as a result of the protracted leadership crisis in the Edo State House of Assembly.

Mr. Ugolor said in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES that following his role in trying to broker peace between the contending parties, he has been receiving threat messages from unknown persons.

He said the threats increased after his recent appearance on a Benin-based TV station, ITV, to discuss the crisis. He said he had expressed concern that the crisis portended grave danger to Nigeria’s democracy.

Mr. Ugolor said his worry heightened with threats posted on his social media page referring to him as an “APC Activist”, who deserved to be given the same treatment he got when his friend, Olaitan Oyerinde, was killed.

Mr. Ugolor was arrested and detained in the wake of the killing of late Mr. Oyerinde by gunmen in his residence in Benin City. Mr. Oyerinde was a Personal Assistant Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

In his statement on Monday, the activist said that he has decided to alert the security agencies over suspicious movements by unknown persons around his office in the last few days.

“Considering the suspicious movement of some unknown persons around my office in the last few days, I have decided to raise this alarm to call on the Police, DSS and other security agencies in the country to take note of this threat to my life by some yet-to-be- identified persons,” he said.

He said he considered the development a serious threat to his freedom of speech and an attempt to permanently stop him from exercising his fundamental human rights to hold opinion on issues that affect his state and country.

The Edo State Assembly is split into two factions along party lines with both factions holding separate sittings.


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