9 Oct 2014

Gunmen attack Edo lawmaker, Razak Momoh

Gunmen have allegedly attacked a member of the Edo State House of Assembly representing Etsako West Constituency 1, Mr. Razak Momoh, at the legislative quarters in Benin.

Momoh was said to have been attacked on Tuesday night by the assailants at his residence. They reportedly left him unconscious before he was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Ugbowo. 


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A close member of the lawmaker’s family, who pleaded anonymity, said the injuries sustained by the legistlator were such that he might be flown abroad for medical attention.

The Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker, who was said to be receiving medical attention at the Accident and Emergency Ward of the hospital, belongs to a nine-member faction of the assembly, which has been holding separate plenaries, following a crisis which has been rocking the state Assembly since June.

It was also gathered that he had raised the alarm over death threats to his life by some assailants from the riverine area of the state.

Momoh was suspended by the leadership of the Assembly for failing to resume sitting at the old legislative chamber at the Government House, where plenary was relocated to owing to a renovation of the Anthony Enahoro Assembly Complex, located at King’s Square in the state capital.

His seat was also reportedly declared vacant by the Speaker, Uyi Igbe, for defecting to the PDP.

The spokesperson for the Edo State Police Command, DSP Noble Uwoh, who confirmed the incident, stated that arrests had been made and investigations had started on the matter. 


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