The major crisis ailing the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State took an unusual turn on Thursday, when a party chieftain and Commandant General of the Nigeria Peace Corps, Dickson Akoh, decided to reclaim the Jeep he had given to the state party chairman, Chief Abba Yaro.
Mr. Akoh has reportedly demanded that the state chairman return the Toyota Sequoia Jeep that the Peace Corps chief gave him as a gift three years ago.
Akoh was alleged to be dissatisfied with the outcome of the APC’s recent Ward Congresses in Benue South, where his political inclination in the party was defeated by Hon Blessing Onuh, daughter of former Senate President David Mark, a member of the House of Representatives.
In Makurdi, the Benue state capital, the state party chairman turned up the SUV to the Area Commander of the Nigerian police on Thursday.
On August 18, 2021, Akor wrote the Area Commander of the Nigeria Police Force for Makurdi Metropolis through his lawyers, Sule Abakpa & Co., asking “a police escort for the return of Professor Dickson Akoh’s Toyota Sequoia Jeep from Comrade Abba Yaro.”
The Peace Corps CG stated that the car was not given to Comrade Yaro as a gift, but rather to allow the party chairman to move around at the time.
“We are Solicitors to Professor Dickson Akoh of the Headquarters, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Abuja (hereafter referred to as Our Client) on whose behalf we make this application,” the letter states.
“Previously, our client had loaned Comrade Abba Yaro his Toyota Sequoia Jeep and its original documentation to use when he was not mobile.
“Our client demands the quick return of his vehicle and its original details because Comrade Abba Yaro is now mobile. To minimize squabbles, we respectfully request that a Police Escort accompany our Client and/or his agent to Comrade Abba Yaro to get the vehicle.
“In advance of your prompt involvement, thank you.”
On behalf of Sule Abakpa & Co., two lawyers, Paul Okoliko and PM Okpo, signed Akoh’s letter.
The state party chairman, however, returned the Jeep to the police on August 19, 2021.
He also wrote a letter to the Area Commander of the police force.
“Reference to the above complain letter by Professor Dickson Akoh dated 18th August 2021, I Abba Yaro, have returned the purported Sequoia Jeep to the Area Commander in perfect condition for onward transfer to the Professor,” Yaro writes in his letter titled “Re: Request of Toyota Sequoia Jeep belonging to Professor Dickson Akoh.”