The Delta State Police Command have arrested the Chairman of Patani Local Government Council, Hon. Perez Omoun, for allegedly destroying property belonging to the Commissioner for Power and Energy, Basil Ganagana.
The incident is said to be connected to the reported refusal of the Commissioner and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Patani to support Omoun’s re-election bid for the forthcoming Local Government Elections slated for March 6, 2021.
The Commissioner’s driver was reportedly injured in the attack which created panic among residents of the area. Men from the GRA Divisional Police Asaba brought the situation under Control and arrested Omoun.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who confirmed the arrest said investigation is ongoing and Omoun may be charged to court for malicious damage.
A source who confirmed the incident to The Nation alleged that after Omoun pulled down the gate of the commissioner’s home, he started vandalising all the vehicles parked inside the compound when he could not gain access to the commissioner’s bedroom.
It was gathered the LG Chairman allegedly destroyed several vehicles and the main gate into the private home of Ganagana in Asaba on Sunday morning, December 13.
The attack which occurred in the early hours of Sunday, left the gate of the home of the Commissioner, several exotic cars and other assets badly destroyed.
The State Peoples Democratic Party official revealed that Omoun was prevented from contesting in the forthcoming election.
“As a group, as declared by the State Electoral Commission, we have agreed to drop Perez and advise another person for the council elections coming up on March 6, 2021. Perez thought that the Commissioner must have had a hand in his job, thus the unprovoked invasion of the private home of the commissioner in Asaba,” the official said.
“We, as a party, have spoken in one voice to replace him because he failed woefully in terms of performance.” he added.