Labour Party chairman Abure arrested for attempted murder — Police

Julius Abure
Julius Abure

The police said on Wednesday that the national chairman of the Labour Party Julius Abure was arrested for attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, and related offences.

According to the spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force Zone 5 Tijani Momoh, Abure and four others were arrested over a petition written against them.

He said, “I wish to confirm the arrest of the factional chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure and four others.

“It has to do with a written petition that was endorsed by the AIG Zone 5 from the office of the Inspector General of Police.”

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Momoh said there are video clips and recordings of the petitioner being assaulted when he returned home last year “to conduct ward matters”.

He added, “It is a case of attempted murder, conspiracy, illegal possession of arms and other related offences.

“They were also in possession of firearms; a short gun and three rounds of ammunition.”

The spokesman said details would be provided later.

Meanwhile, the party said in a statement by its publicity secretary Obiora Ifoh that it believes the arrest was made to disrupt its governorship primaries in Edo State slated for Friday.