Gunmen attempted to assassinate Yahaya Bello — Official

Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday along Lokoja-Abuja highway, commissioner for information Kingsley Fanwo has said.

“The Kogi state government wishes to inform the general public that there was an assassination attempt on the governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, a few kilometres away from Abuja, on his way to an official engagement from Lokoja,” Mr Fanwo said.

“The attack occurred at about 4 pm on Sunday, October 22. The attackers, who were dressed in military uniforms waylaid the governor’s convoy and started shooting sporadically at his vehicle and other vehicles in the convoy.

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“It took the swift intervention of the security personnel attached to the governor to foil the satanic plans of the unknown soldiers.”

According to him, the attacks were at three different points, the last barricade being around Kwali Federal Capital Territory at about 4.20 p.m.

The commissioner said the report of those strange attacks had been properly documented at security offices in the state and at the national level for prompt and thorough investigations to avert future occurrences.

He added: “We are not oblivious of the fact that certain elements are bent on painting Kogi unsafe ahead of the governorship poll slated for November 11.”

Commissioner of police in charge of the FCT Haruna Garba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that investigation had begun.

Bello suffered similar alleged assassination attempt in June, which is still being investigated by security operatives.