Armed men suspected to be assassins in the night of Tuesday, March 7, 2017 invaded the house of embattled former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh located at Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja.
The armed men numbering about, eight fired several shots and forcefully gained entrance into the compound after destroying a section of its spiked security fence, a statement e-mailed to The Trent by Richard Ihediwa, a spokesperson of the former PDP national publicity secretary revealed.
“They tied up security guards and a driver at the premises and attempted to gain access in the main building, but could not due to the security doors at the front and back entrances of the main house,” Ihediwa wrote.
“When they could not gain access into the main building, they beat up the security guards and ordered them at gunpoint to call out Chief Metuh using their phones, but the guards insisted that he was not at home but had travelled to the east.
“Out of frustration, the invaders broke into other buildings in the premises including Chief Metuh’s out-office where they carted away some documents and electronic equipment. Their escape route trailed with blood as one of the armed men got injured in the course of their breaking through the spiked security fence.
“Already, a shocked Chief Metuh had made an official report to the police to unravel those behind the attack and intention manifested in the incidence. Chief Metuh’s guards and driver are already assisting the police in their investigation.”
A source familiar with the case told The Trent’s correspondent that this attack is believed to be connected with the current internal conflicts in the former ruling party, now the main opposition party in the country.
Another source, who didn’t wish to be named, said that there is another school of thought which suspects the hands of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government in the attack.
“It is curious that hired assassins would steal documents,” the source said. “Their operation mirrors that of DSS [Nigeria’s secret police] agents who invade homes of highly placed personalities and cart away their computers and documents, in the cover of midnight.
“This development is disturbing,” the source said. “Seriously!”