Alleged plots by the All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftains in Benue state to assassinate former Senate President, Senator David Mark, ahead of the Saturday – February 20, 2016, rerun election for Benue South has been uncovered. It has been alleged that the APC candidate for the election, Daniel Onjeh through his campaign Director, Okpokwu Ogenyi in connivance with the state Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu allegedly hired the services of cultists and some armed gangs to unleash terror in Benue South and in the process eliminate Senator Mark. In a statement by Mark’s Media aide, Paul Mummeh, reliable sources have disclosed that the cultists paid for the assassination include but not limited to the notorious supreme Vikings squad from Jos, Plateau state, as well as the dreaded Black Axe in Makurdi Benue state . The statement further revealed that Senator Mark has notified the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase of the plot by the APC stalwarts in Benue to assassinate him. In a petition to the Inspector General of Police signed by Mark’s counsel, Mr. Ken Ikonne , it claimed that one Okpokwu Ogenyi is the mastermind of the plot. In the petition, Ikonne told the IGP that, “It is obvious that Ogenyi knows more about the assassination plot than he has revealed. “Our client has, therefore, instructed us to petition you( IGP) to as a matter of urgency apprehend and interrogate Ogenyi to throw more light on the details of this grave assassination plot before he and his associates carry out the dastardly plot.” DAILY POST recalls that several gunshots were fired by the Police said to be attached to the State Deputy Governor, Engr Benson Abounu into the family house of Senator Mark in Otukpo. According to the statement, no reason was given for the unprovoked attack and no arrest has been made so far.’ Mumeh said, ”a couple of weeks ago, Benue State chairman of the APC, Mr. Abbah Yaro was quoted as saying, “if Senator Mark wants, let him win the election in seven out of the nine local government areas, but no returning officer born of a woman will dare declare him.” ”His PDP counterpart, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo had petitioned the Nigeria Police Command over the unhealthy political activities of APC in Benue state ahead of the election and asked the authorities to prevail on them to allow peace reign,” the statement said.
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