The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to investigate the attacks on its spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere.

In a press conference, 2nd spokesperson of the coalition, Mark Adebayo, also called on the IGP to intervene in the seizure of voter education and campaign materials belonging to Ugochinyere and the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

The coalition raised the alarm that there is a plot to arrest Ugochinyere on trumped up charges, adding that they will resist such move.

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Wondering why no arrest has been made since after three attacks on Ugochinyere, CUPP said the police rather arrested and detained those in possession of campaign materials belonging to Ugochinyere and a lawyer who went to bail them.

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The group alleged that from amongst the attackers, men of the Imo State Police Command, Ebubeagu Network and at least one officer from the Force Intelligence and Investigation Bureau were identified from a video they obtained.

Mr. Adebayo also said the police hierarchy in Imo State is shielding those responsible for voter register manipulation but only went ahead to charge innocent INEC staff to court, an action which has been struck out by the court for lack of evidence.

CUPP called on the Inspector General of Police to immediately redeploy Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Barde, the Commissioner of Police Imo State, expressing lack of confidence in him.

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They further called on the IGP to restrict Governor Hope Uzodimma from coming to Ideato on election day, alleging that the governor had promised to spend the day in that constituency on 25th February. 

CUPP called on both local and foreign election observers as well as foreign missions to note Ideato as a flash point for possible election related violence, citing the activities of the Imo State government.


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