A PDP lawmaker in Benin, Edo State, Hon. Rasak Momoh, was last night attacked by unknown persons at his residence in the Legislators Quarters, Benin City.
Honourable Momoh who is currently receiving medical attention at the Accident and Emergency Ward of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), was allegedly left for dead by his attackers. PMNews reports that a close member of his family who pleaded for anonymity, told
journalists this morning that the injuries sustained by the suspended lawmaker are such that he may be flown about for proper treatment.
At about 8.30pm yesterday, heavily-armed thugs reportedly invaded the quarters, shot into the air, scared away policemen on guard duty before breaking into Momoh's residence. They beat him so hard with blows and machetes until he fell down and reportedly feigned death. It was gathered that not satisfied that he was dead, the thugs allegedly threw the lawmaker onto the Ihama road, on which the quarters is located to be run
over by oncoming vehicles only for a good Nigerian who almost ran him over to identify him and call for help.
Acting Speaker of the PDP Faction of the Assembly, Chief Festus Ebea who was informed of the development soon after said he went to the scene and met the seemingly lifeless body of Momoh and had to take the lawmaker, first to the Central Hospital before the UBTH, due to the severity of his situation.
Momoh has been residing in the legislative quarters along with other APC members like Philip Shaibu and Uyi Igbe, amongst others since he was sworn along with the rest of us in 2011, before the June crisis when some of us left the APC for the PDP".
He said Momoh lived with his family in the quarters unlike other PDP lawmakers and had shunned all entreaties to vacate the residence like other APC lawmakers who dumped the party for the PDP because, "he said his tenancy has not expired".
The lawmaker added that "those who wanted to kill Momoh have just murdered sleep", adding "they would pay dearly" because the PDP assembly sitting at the Assembly Complex will employ the services of the Nigerian Police Force, "to get the root of this inhuman and dastardly act of cowardice by persons who think they control the instruments of violence and bloodbath".
Honourable Momoh was suspended by the leadership of Edo State House of Assembly over his failure to resume plenary at the old Assembly chamber at the Government House where the Assembly relocated to pave way for renovation of the Anthony Enahoro Assembly complex at the King’s Square. Rasak who represents Etsako West Constituency 1 in the House, was alleged to have raised the alarm two weeks ago that Governor Oshiomhole has hired assassins from the riverine area of the state to eliminate him.
When contacted on phone, according to PMNews, Edo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Noble Uwoh, asked for time to check with the DPO in charge of the area, saying that he was yet to be informed