LP chairman, Abure, arrested over alleged murder

Julius Abure, the national chairman of the Labour Party (LP) has been arrested in connection to an alleged murder, conspiracy and possession of fire arms.

The leader of the opposition party was arrested in Benin, the Edo state capital, by policemen who manhandled him Wednesday afternoon, social media video clips showed.

“I wish to confirm the arrest of the factional chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure and four others,” the spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force Zone 5, Tijani Momoh, said in a statement.

“It has to do with a written petition that was endorsed by the AIG Zone 5 from the office of the Inspector General of Police.

“There are video clips, recordings of the petitioner being assaulted, being beaten when he came home last year to conduct ward matters.

“It is a case of attempted murder, conspiracy, illegal possession of arms and other related offences.

“They were also in possession of firearms; a short gun and three rounds of ammunition.

“Investigation is ongoing. They were just arrested today. More details will be provided later,” the police spokesman added.