The Edo State Government has condemned the assault on an elderly man and youths in the state, vowing to prosecute the perpetrators.
Naija News reports that a video had emerged on social media showing some thugs attacking and brutalizing individuals who are alleged to be members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Akoko-Edo, Edo State.
The thugs, who were armed with canes, machetes and other dangerous weapons, were seen ordering the bloodied party members to sit on the floor.
In a statement sent to Naija News, the Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Hon. Osaigbovo Iyoha, stated that the perpetrators would be prosecuted under the Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law.
He said the government frowns at all forms of violence and is particularly appalled with the contents of the viral video.
Iyoha disclosed that the government has ordered security agents to investigate the incident and make sure everyone found culpable is prosecuted.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Edo State Government has been drawn to a social media video in which some young men wielding machetes and cudgels were recorded assaulting an elderly man and some young people within the state.
“The state government strongly condemns the reprehensible act and vows to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“Preliminary investigations reveal that the incident appeared to have occurred in Edo State, as the persons in the video spoke in a language indigenous to the state.
“With its uncompromising commitment to maintaining law and order, the government frowns at all forms of violence and is particularly appalled with the contents of the video.
“Government has ordered security agencies in the state to thoroughly investigate the incident to ensure that anyone found culpable is made to face the full weight of extant laws in the state, particularly the Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law.”