Chief John Ochoga
Gunmen suspected to be political thugs attacked the home of a prominent politician and former Peoples Democratic Party’s stalwart who is now in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Ochoga, on the eve of the just conducted governorship election in the country.
According to a reporter who visited the home of the politician at Chief Attah Ochoga Avenue, GRA, Otukpo, the attackers stormed the house at about 8pm on Friday, April 20, firing bullets at the gate and leaving the premises shattered with bullet holes and a note pasted on the gate with the inscription “Chief Ochoga! Either retire yourself or we retire you. Stay away from Ado. Be warned!”
When contacted, Chief Ochoga, who just returned to the APC, a party he earlier helped to establish in his local government of Ado rightly pointed accusing fingers in the direction of political opponents. He said the attack was part of the opponent’s strategy for winning Ado local government maximally.
“The attack on my house by gunmen from what you see at the gate, they used very high caliber military weapon, they came in a Hilux in the night of 10th April. At that time my wife and I had already moved to Ado for the election. They thought the attack will deter me from my support for the APC. Once that happened, they thought they would have gotten Ado.
“Clearly, the attack was political and engineered by political opponents thinking that they would deter me” Ochoga said.
A security guard in one of the houses close to that of Ochoga who did not want to be named confirmed the attack describing it as one of the worse nights they have ever had in that area.
However, we gathered that the matter has since been reported to the police and investigation is currently ongoing.