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Thugs force Ogun election tribunal to adjourn sitting

31 August 2015, 14:44

Abeokuta - The Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta was forced to abruptly adjourn sitting on Saturday after getting reports that political thugs were planning to attack the court, reports New Telegraph.

The incident happened around 10.30pm when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the April 11 election, Gboyega Isiaka, was to close his case in the petition he filed before the tribunal, challenging the victory of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also read: INEC tenders 70 000 exhibits before Ogun tribunal

Saturday was the last day for the petitioners to close their case after calling the last witness and allow the respondents to open their defence.

As the cross examination of the last witness, Benjamin Ibikunle was being conducted by the counsel to the first respondent, Lateef Fagbemi, one of the police officers attached to the court approached the judges informing them of imminent attack on the court.

Heavily armed police officers were immediately drafted to the court premises while Fagbemi was allowed to hurriedly conclude his cross examination on the witness.

A rattled chairman of the tribunal after the hearing, said leaders of political parties should admonish their followers to eschew needless violence

Read more at New Telegraph.

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