Kogi Guber: AA allege assasination attempts on chairman, attack on supporters in Kogi
The Action Alliance Party has alleged an attack on its members returning from a party rally at Eganyi and Geregu villages in Ajaokuta Local Government Area on the 26th of October.
The Zonal Vice Chairman, Kogi Central Senatorial District of the Party, Comrade Abdulaziz Yusuf, while addressing a press conference in Lokoja on Saturday, said the alleged attack was targeted at assassinating him.
He alleged that the suspected political thugs, dressed in mobile police uniform had double-crossed one of the campaign vehicles, shooting sporadically and discharging all occupants of the vehicle.
He said the thugs laid the occupants of the vehicle by the road side dispossessing them of their valuables and asking for his whereabouts.
Explaining how the incident happened, Comrade Yusuf said, ” I, in the company of the party Local Government Chairmen, the Director General of our campaign organization and other party leaders, attended a rally for our governorship candidate, Otunba Olayinka Braimoh held at Eganyi and Geregu village on 26th October 2023 between 12 noon and 5pm.
” On our way from the Geregu village rally, driving back to Okene, we suddenly realized we were being trailed and one of our party cars was eventually intercepted just at the Geregu power plant station at about 5:40pm by a black Prado jeep as well as a black Ford Hilux loaded with Ak 47 rifles, with fierce-looking occupants some of who where dressed in mobile Police uniform.
” After one of our party cars was intercepted, a fierce-looking thug wearing mobile Police uniforms who we later learned to our dismay was the security detail to one of the Local Government Chairmen in Kogi State began to shoot sporadically in the air and shouting disarm all of them, shoot them.
“As the shooting and threat was going on, our party member in the intercepted car, a Siena bus was forcefully disembarked and made to lie down on the floor while they started scrutinizing their faces and asking them my whereabouts.
“In an apparent effort to assassinate me, as God will have it, I was in another vehicle that had managed to have diverted when we noticed the trailing from their vehicles. It was when they could not find me that the gun-wielding thugs began to ransack our supporters who were still lying helplessly on the ground and launched what I will term a robbery operation, dispossessing our supporters of a cumulative N60,000.
“After the whole incident had ended and many of us were still in fear, we later got a report that the same black Prado jeep with a party logo which had earlier intercepted us, was sighted at the residence of the same Local Government Chairman”.
Comrade Yusuf who said the matter had since been reported to the police, appealed to the Kogi State Police Command to do a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to book, as well as investigate the use of Police orderlies by some politicians as political thugs to harass other law-abiding politicians on campaign rallies.
He also appealed to the police in the state to ensure they provide adequate security for the people of the state before, during, and after the election, in line with the promise made by the Inspector General of Police.
Efforts to speak with the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) SP William Ovye Aya proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.
He did not pick his calls or respond to text messages sent to his phone lines by DAILY POST on Saturday.