Armed thugs attack Godson Echegile, High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, near polling centre in Delta State

Chief GODSON ECHEGILE, Nigeria's High Commissioner to Sierra Leone

On 9 April, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Godson Echegile, narrowly escaped death, when he was attacked by heavily armed thugs during the National Assembly election in Delta State.

Narating his experience in his house in Agbor, Delta State, Echegile explained that he had gone to vote at his hometown of Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state, and was inside the nearby Anglican Church waiting to cast his vote, when some men armed with guns and machetes, closed in on him.

He said in the ensuing fracas right inside the church, a sharp stone hurled at him by the thugs, dealt him a deep cut on his neck and cheek. He said that but for the timely intervention of soldiers from the Joint Task Force (JTF) who shot in the air to scare the hoodlums, they would probably have killed him. The ambassador said he was immediately rushed to the hospital where the bleeding was stopped, but that he was only discharged from the hospital the next morning. He said that two of his aides were also injured.

Echegile, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), alleged that the attack must have been master-minded by a top member of the party within the local government area, with whom he had disagreed sharply on which candidates the Ika Federal Constituency should vote for in the Senate and House of Representatives elections. He accused the police of failing to apprehend the chief culprit who he said was still moving about freely in the community, despite his (Echegile’s) protest to the divisional police officer.

The Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Police Command, Mr. Charles Muka, confirmed the incident. He said two persons had been arrested and that investigation is going on.

Chief Echegile, a successful banker-turned-politician, was appointed Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Sierra Leone in 2008.

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Posted on April 12, 2011, in ELECTORAL VIOLENCE, NIGERIA POLICE FORCE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The ignominuous culture of coercion and thuggery that have characterised the politics of Delta State remains one of the greatest drawbacks of this once vibrant state. The events in Tunisia, Egypt, Ivory Coast all simultaneously chorus the age-old adage that power belongs only to the people….vox populi vox dei. For those who are wise enough to listen, The politics of brigandage is gradually drawing to a close in Nigeria. Any evil agenda, by any party whatsoever, to crush popular vote will only trigger a people’s uprising which has the potential to consume all our so-called gains.

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