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Kogi: Gov Yahaya Bello Escapes Death As Unknown Gunmen Attack Convoy (Photo)



The Kogi Government said on Saturday that gunmen attacked Gov. Yahaya Bello’s convoy on Saturday along the Abuja-Lokoja expressway.

It stated that the incident happened close to a naval base, a short distance from Lokoja, the state capital.

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Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, the Kogi Commissioner for Information, revealed the information in a statement in Lokoja.

The Social Democratic Party (SDP), an opposing political party in the state, was allegedly the source of the shooters, according to Fanwo.

According to the commissioner, several persons were hurt during the event, including security guards, and were transported to the hospital for treatment.

He said, “The gunmen suspected to be political thugs of the SDP, having sighted the convoy of  Bello approaching,  blocked the road and started shooting at the convoy.

“A Tundra branded with the logo and flags of the party also blocked the governor’s vehicle and the occupants were armed with rifles and short guns.

“But thank God our governor left the scene unscathed and there is no cause for panic.

“Some security aides and other aides attached to the governor sustained some degrees of injuries and have been rushed to medical facilities for attention.

“We urge the people of Kogi to remain calm as security agents are in full control to ensure the arrest of the hoodlums behind the attack.”

The state administration, according to Fanwo, would not permit any breakdown of law and order and would instead use all of its resources to prosecute the perpetrators.

He claims that the governor has issued a warning to APC members saying that engaging in retaliatory violence will result in harsh punishment from all sides.

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