Obaseki decries killing of APC youth, orders arrest, prosecution of suspects


Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed shock at the news of the brutal killing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state, Samson Sedi, said to have been shot by suspected armed robbers on Wednesday night in Jattu.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, quoted Obaseki as saying that “I was shocked on receiving the news of Mr. Samson Sedi’s death. My heart goes out to his family. I have ordered the relevant security agencies to arrest the killers and prosecute them without delay.”

He described the late Sedi as “a grassroots mobiliser, a philanthropist who cared for orphans and a great lover of the people, whose death is a huge loss to Edo people and the APC.”

Sedi was allegedly killed by armed robbers while attempting to rescue a female petrol station attendant in Jattu, who was being robbed on Wednesday.“I learnt he was driving into a road around a petrol station in Jattu and heard a female petrol station attendant shouting for help. The late Sedi drove into the petrol station to ascertain what was happening, only to be shot by the armed robbers who were operating at the petrol station. Sedi has been with us in our party for a long time and I sympathise with his family,” the governor said.

Sedi, who was fondly called ‘Power Remain’ by his friends and supporters, was a rallying point for APC youths in his ward and constituency.Meanwhile, a student of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Edo State, has been reportedly hacked to death at Obalende roundabout in Lagos State. The student, 27-year-old Emmanuel Onaghise, was reportedly ambushed by suspected cultists around 10:25p.m on Monday.

According to the victim’s sister, Lizzy Onaghise, who took to her Facebook page to lament the demise of her brother, an official report has been filed at the Onikan Police Station and the police have commenced investigation into the killing.

credit: TheGuardian