By Ovie Okpare
Patani Council chairman, Mr. Perez Omoun, has been arrested by operatives of the Delta State Police Command for allegedly invading and destroying property belonging to the Commissioner for Power and Energy, Hon. Basil Ganagana.
Omoun was alleged to have destroyed several vehicles and the main gate into the home of the commissioner in Asaba, the state capital.
The incident occurred at about 3am on Sunday.
It was gathered that the incident created panic among residents of the area until policemen drafted from the GRA Division brought the situation under control.
Ganagana, who hails from Patani LGA, is a former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly.
Sources close to the Ganagana confirmed the attack on the home of the commissioner, saying that a driver attached to the commissioner sustained injury during the invasion.
“Mr. Omoun was arrested by policemen from GRA Divisional Police Asaba after breaking into the private residence of the commissioner on Sunday morning with his Lexus SUV.
“After pulling down the gate of the commissioner’s home, he started vandalising his cars, that of his wife and other vehicles parked inside the compound when he could not gain access to the commissioner’s bedroom”, one of the sources told our correspondent.
It was gathered that the Patani council chairman went berserk after leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the LGA declined to support his re-election bid for the forthcoming local government elections slated for March 6, 2021.
THE NATIONS EXPRESS further gathered that Patani PDP leaders and the commissioner are alleged to be supporting any aspirant to clinch ticket of the party.
It was learnt that it was as a result of the commissioner’s refusal to support Omoun’s re-election that necessitated the attack on the former Delta Assembly speaker.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the arrest of the council chairman.
Onovwakpoyeya said the command was already investigating the attack, adding that Omoun may be charged to court for malicious damage.
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The Nations Express reports.