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Coalition wants police to probe attack on Aregbesola’s aide


A COALITION of civil society groups in Edo State has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the police to investigate the alleged attack by personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Erasmus Ikhide, while in his Eruere village in Owan West Local Council on April 11 to cast his vote during the state House of Assembly election.

A statement yesterday issued by the Convener, Austin Osakue, said: “Our senior colleague was attacked on the prompting of political thugs as Ikhide went about the peaceful exercise of his constitutional right to vote. The Nigeria Police Force has up till now failed to effect the arrest of these vandals in uniform.

“We have therefore resolved to issue the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force a seven-day ultimatum to arrest the assaulters and commence their prosecution after due investigation.”

Ikhide, who is also a journalist, had last week petitioned the police in Edo State over an alleged unprovoked beating by a member of the NSCDC when he went to cast his vote during the governorship and House of Assembly election.

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