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  • Updated: April 05, 2024

Benue: No assassination attempt was made on Agbese – Deputy Speake affirms

Benue: No assassination attempt was made on Agbese –  Depu

Hon Lami Danladi Ogenyi, Deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly said that there was no effort to assassinate Philip Agbese, a member of the Ado, Okpokwu, and Ogbadibo Federal Constituency.

Agbese and his supporters had alleged that he was attacked at Igumale, the capital of his local government area of Ado, during a constituency outreach event to honour the Easter holiday.

It was also revealed that the military had apprehended people involved in the incident and was now providing crucial information.

However, Ogenyi, who represents the Ado State Constituency, claimed Agbese lied since there was no attempt to assassinate him.

In a statement issued by her spokesperson, Agbaji Samuel Atsonwu, the Deputy Speaker refuted the notion that her official vehicle was found with one of the culprits.

Ogenyi said, “Our attention has been drawn to a falsified and malicious claim by the HoR member for Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Fed. Constituency, Hon. Agbese Philip, wherein he alleged that there was an attempt to assassinate him during a function at Igumale, the headquarters of Ado Local Government.

“Ordinarily, one would have just laughed over the sham of a publication aimed at causing public unrest, but for the sake of the unsuspecting public, it’s right that we set certain records straight.

“The information we gathered regarding what transpired was that Agbese while addressing the crowd at Igumale, started speaking ill of His Excellency and some of the youths, who were bold enough, admonished him to respect the people’s governor. That was their only offence.

“Agbese, whom we feel, might have some connections with the men of the operation Whirl Stroke, uses his power, money and influence with the army to harass the youths whom, in the pictures, were seen being paraded.

“A very fundamental question begging for an answer is this – what connects innocent, harmless and armless youths with an assassination attempt on the life of a well-guarded HoR member? Isn’t that laughable?

“It’s saddening that Agbese had chosen to tow the path of violence against anyone conceived not to be on his side. Leadership isn’t so and by all standards, his act of abusing power and privilege is condemnable. Rather than helping the youths, the youths are being harassed for their right of association.

“The same way that Agbese travelled home for Easter, so did the Deputy Speaker, Chief Lami, who went around, celebrating Easter with her constituents and everything went fine without any misguiding information. Why then is Agbese’s case different?

“In the false allegation, Agbese claimed that the Deputy Speaker’s official vehicle was found with one of the culprits. Where’s the proof of the vehicle found with one of the culprits? Or is it that Agbese takes the public for a fool?

“In summary, we strongly advise that the HoR member, Gon. Philip Agbese desist completely from calling the Honourable Deputy Speaker, Chief Lami Danladi Ogenyi, into this kind of petty, blackmailing and undue attention-seeking posts.”

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