FLASHBACK: A’Ibom opposition leaders arrested over destruction of Jonathan’s campaign office

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‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’ is an idiom which fittingly captures the political space in Nigeria. Seven years ago, Hafiz Ringim, former inspector-general of police, summoned some leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), one of the legacy parties which coalesced into the All Progressives Congress (APC), to Abuja over the violence which led to destruction of vehicles reportedly worth N2 billion and the burning of the campaign office of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

At least, 18 people reportedly lost their lives in the incident. The police had arrested Akpan Udoedeghe, governorship candidate of the ACN, and filed a nine-count charge of alleged arson and murder against him. Among the 28 lawyers who defended Udoedeghe was Yemi Osinbajo, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who is currently the nation’s vice-president.

Trouble reportedly began…



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