Kogi Guber: Suspected Thugs Attack SDP Campaign Convoy In Lokoja

By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab

Hoodlums suspected to be political thugs have attacked the Social Democratic Party (SDP), governorship candidate in Kogi State, Alhaji Murtala Yakubu’s campaign convoy at Ukumi in Lokoja Local Government Area of the state.

According to a statement signed by the spokesman of the SDP Candidate, Faruk Adejoh-Audu, and made available to newsmen, the incident happened when the campaign convoy was coming from Koton-Karfe after paying a visit to the Ohimegye lgu of Koton-Karfe, Alhaji Abdulrazak Gambo Sani Isah-Koto, to seek his royal blessings on Saturday.

Adejoh-Audu said: “The candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka this afternoon luckily escaped assassination when his motorcade was attacked by gunmen personally led by the Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

“Alhaji Ajaka and some vehicles accompanying him were approaching Lokoja at the vicinity of the ram market in Ukumi at about 300pm when two powerbikes and Toyota Hilux overtook his car and forced it to a stop.

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“This assault was heralded by a Mercrdes Benz Limousine with Bellos official crest accompanied by an open pick- loaded with masked and hooded men bearing AK 47 Assault Rifles.

“The men jumped down an began shooting at Ajaka’s car and all other cars in the motorcade. They shot for over 5 minutes at Ajaka’s bullet proof car unprovoked.

“All this while Bello’s car was parked a few meters in front and was used to barricade the road while the gun men had a field day.

“When they ceased, Ajaka’s car, a Lexus SUV though a bullet proof was totally damaged and demobilized.

“Among the gunmen is one Friday Makama a notorious thug and a former member of the House of Assembly who recently was appointed Director General for Fireams Recovery by Mr Bello. Also identified among the hoodlums accompanying the governor is a serving commissioner who has a gross reputation for thuggery.

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“Mr Ajaka who was on his way to keep an appointment with the late Maigari’s family members and The Attah Igala in Idah decided to abort the journey and return to Abuja after conferring with the Commander of the Lokoja Naval Base.

“This again is another low scored by Mr Yahaya Bello in the exercise of crude power and brute force.

“Bello is on record to have unleashed guns and gunmen on several citizens in the course of his Eight years draconian rule. Several persons have been killed by his hoodlums during electioneering while others are missing.

“Ajaka until recently was a member of the APC who was forced out of the governorship nomination by some APC cheiftains.

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“The brute action today is obviously in a continuation of Bello’s desperation to stop Yakubu from continuing in the election.

“We appeal to the new President of the Federal Republic, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to demonstrate that his administration will not permit the brigandage of the last eight years which has led to the deaths of thousands of Nigeria.

“Election is still five months away, but if Mr Bello does not get a strong signal that violence would not be allowed in the new administration several of our citizens will be killed by his thugs and gunmen before the polls,” the statement stressed.

Faruk Adejoh-Audu DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

ALHAJI MURITALA YAKUBU ORGANISATION

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