One Bright Kokoma (pictured center) was accused of attacking two brothers Maximus Okpere and Paulinus Okpere after one of them exposed his destruction of market women’s shops in Ibviotor community of Edo State over payment of a 12,000 naira levy by traders.
According to the accuser, Pharez Okpere, on Facebook:
See what one Bright Kokoma who parades himself as the chairman of Ibviotor community did to my Brothers Maximus Okpere and Paulinus Okpere today as he led over 20 thugs to our office complex along dumez road today to beat and stab my brothers for resisting the exploitation that the poor helpless traders in Ibviotor community are going through. As we speak now one of my brothers is in a life threatening condition in the emergency unit of the hospital.This is the Edo state that we live in.
How it all started, last week Bright Kokoma asked the petty traders in the community to start paying 12.000 naira to him every month, most of the women protested and refused and in the process, Bright Kokoma went to the shops, many of which are wooden shops and shanty containers, destroyed them and throw away their food items, My brother went to one of the shops and did a video in the shop, to draw attention to the plight of these poor hepless petry traders, and for doing that video Bright kokoma came today to unleash mayhem on our building.
This is what Edo state has been turned into by thugs and agberos, this is the level of impunity we face everday.