According to Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential standard-bearer, Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo State, lied about security in Anambra State while he (Obi) was in office.
Speaking at the APC’s Youth Conference, where he previously served as chairman, Oshiomhole said that Obi’s successor began destroying the homes of kidnappers in Anambra State. Oshiomhole added that Obi was responsible for bringing the Bakassi Boys to the state.
Obi responded by saying that the records were clear on who was responsible for what in terms of security in Anambra State through his media adviser, Mr. Valentine Obienyem.
Obienyem claimed that Oshoimhole was motivated by bias and mischief, “It is a pity that a former governor, who ought to be informed, would credit the bringing into the state of Bakassi boys to Mr. Peter Obi, when elementary enquiry would have shown any genuine seeker that it was under Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, which was even before Sen. Chris Ngige, that Bakassi people operated in Anambra State.”
Obienyem stated that Obi had frequently made the claim that, as a private citizen, it was his observation of the murder of Prophet Eddy of Nawgu by the Bakassi Boys without remorse and the arbitrary application of the law that inspired him to enter politics in order to bring back humanity, decency, and sanity to society.
Obienyem referred to the assertion that the demolishment of kidnappers’ homes began after Obi as a stupid, abhorrent, and dishonest falsehood. He said this: “Obi was actually the person that started the demolition of buildings associated with kidnapping in Nigeria, which other governors started to emulate. Evidence abounds of when various newspapers reported the demolition of houses by Obi as in https://thenationonlineng.net/obi-demolishes-kidnap-suspects-homes/amp/; https://newsexpressngr.com/news/472-Breaking-News-Obi-keeps-promise-demolishes-houses-of-king-of-kidnappers ; https://www.nairaland.com/1084091/anambra-demolishes-houses-kidnap-robbery, but we will refer Oshiomhole and his likes to the statement by principal actors during those fevered times.”
Additionally, Obienyem gave a wealth of quotes from former Anambra State police commissioners. He began by quoting former police commissioner Bello Amusu’s interview on how Peter Obi handled security, as well as providing a link to it (https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/09/29/bello-the-security-anambra-is-enjoying-today-was-as-a-result-of-peter-obi/).
“There were lots of innovations brought about by Mr. Peter Obi at the police headquarters at his expense. He provided money, we put up structures and the state headquarters was given a face lift.
“He financed state headquarters, fenced it, provided infrastructure, procured communications vehicles, armoured cars, and provided weekly allowances of all officers and men of Anambra State Police Command. So, morale was very high during his reign.”