LP National Chairman Arrested For Attempted Murder

||JULIUS ABURE ||CenzoNaija||
||JULIUS ABURE ||CenzoNaija||

Armed policemen have reportedly arrested the Labour Party National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure for allegedly embezzling over N30Billion from the party’s funds.

Abure was arrested on Wednesday in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on allegations of embezzlement of the party’s funds, premeditated attempted murder, amongst other alleged infractions.

The arrest came few days after the National Treasurer of the Labour Party, Mrs Oluchi Oparah, called the National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure, to submit the party’s finances to a forensic audit and explain the source of funds used by him to acquire properties in Nigeria and overseas between 2022 and 2023.

The following were demands contained in the memo released by the National Treasurer:

1. Provide documentation for the N3.5 billion raised from the sale of forms for the 2023 elections and why Edo State proceeds went into private accounts.

“2. Account for the N958 million raised from off-cycle elections in 2023. Provide paper trails and documentary evidence of adherence to due process.

3. Declare every single dollar raised from the 2023 US fundraising tour and provide documentation on where donations were warehoused and how same was appropriated.

“4. Explain the source of funds for properties bought in Nigeria and abroad between 2022 and 2023; Provide paper evidence.

 “5. Allow me unfettered access to party accounts and records as National Treasurer.

6. Submit to an independent forensic audit of our party’s finances, to be conducted by a reputable international firm.

7. Explain why he has deliberately undermined my authority and flouted the Labour Party’s constitution.

8. Provide evidence that he has not abused his office for personal enrichment through theft, money laundering, or abuse of power.”

Recall also that the Labour Party National Youth Leader, Comrade Eragbe Anselm Aphimia had earlier made petitioned against the chairman.

The petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, dated February 13, partly reads, “I, Comrade Eragbe Anselm, write to you with utmost urgency and grave concern regarding a heinous act of violence perpetrated against me on the 29th of December 2023.

“I am a member and National Youth Leader of the Labour Party (LP) in Nigeria, and the events I am about to recount are of utmost importance for justice and the safety of individuals involved in political activities.

“On December 28, 2023, I flew into Benin City Airport around 2 p.m. as part of an official 5-member delegation authorised by the Acting National Chairman of the Labour Party, Alhaji Lamidi Basiru Apapa.

“Our mission was to organise Ward, LGA, and State Congresses in Edo State, as well as supervise the sale of nomination forms for various posts, as mandated by INEC guidelines, within the stipulated time frames.

“On arrival at the Benin Airport, I was received by one Mrs Mary Okheime Newberry, who falsely claimed to be providing transportation and accommodation on behalf of unnamed “stakeholders.”

“She proceeded to lodge us at the Smart Homes Hotel, unknown to us that she was plotting a sinister and gruesome ambush. The next morning, a man named Austin Emeka came to pick me and my colleague, Mr Patrick Anethua, up from the hotel lobby, pretending to take us to a meeting venue.

“Instead, we were violently attacked just outside the hotel gates by a waiting mob.”

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