The Edo State Police Command on Thursday detained the All Progressives Congress (APC) factional Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Uyi Igbe, and the APC factional Majority Leader, Philip Shaibu, over allegations of their involvement in the attack on a member of the Assembly, Abdulrazak Momoh, whose residence was invaded by suspected thugs at the Legislative Quarters, Benin City.
Igbe, Shaibu and another member, Mr. Folly Ogedegbe, were invited to the state police command by the Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, at about 11am on Thursday, while their colleagues and other supporters thronged the police command in solidarity.
Momoh, representing Etsako West Constituency in the Assembly, whose seat was declared vacant by the House in July, was said to have been attacked by thugs after he allegedly ignored the instruction of security men at the quarters not to enter the premises.
The PDP lawmaker was beaten up to a coma before he was rushed to the Accident and Emergency Ward of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH)
The Party had on Wednesday, in a statement by its Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, accused the Majority Leader and other APC lawmakers of masterminding the attack, an allegation Shaibu dismissed.
It was also gathered that the lawmakers, who were detained by the command, had also been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to appear before it in Abuja on Monday, next week, although the reasons for the invitation was still unknown.
Meanwhile, the APC has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the PDP, through the Federal Government, to incarcerate all loyalists of the State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
The party, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Godwin Erhahon, said, “We are aware of the plots by the PDP to arrest, maim and eliminate those perceived to be loyalists of Governor Oshiomhole.
“The lawmaker, who was beaten up, went there with thugs and it has nothing to do with our lawmakers. Why are they being arrested by the police?