In a recent statement, Senator Jibrin Echocho of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Kogi East Senatorial District has vehemently denied allegations of having political thugs or a killer squad, amidst rising concerns about his alleged involvement in a recent incident of violence.
The controversy stems from an unfortunate incident in Ajiolo Ojajji community, Dekina Local Government Area, which resulted in injuries and property damage. Some have pointed fingers at Senator Echocho and his supporters, attributing the violence to them. However, Senator Echocho is refuting these claims and labeling them as “fake news.”
In a statement provided to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja, Senator Echocho addressed the allegations, saying, “I am not into any contest or rivalry with any person. I have given a good account of my stewardship, and Kogi East is comfortable with my representation.”
Expressing disappointment at the accusations, Senator Echocho emphasized that he does not harbor thugs or a killer squad as suggested by his detractors. He believes these allegations are driven by politically motivated individuals seeking to tarnish his reputation for their own gains.
Senator Echocho extended his sympathies to the victims of the unfortunate fracas and their families, condemning any form of violence or lawlessness. He stressed the importance of unity and progress within the community and urged those exploiting the situation for political purposes to cease such divisive tactics.
As this situation continues to unfold, Senator Echocho remains steadfast in his commitment to serving the people of Kogi East and maintaining his reputation as a responsible and dedicated politician.