Yahaya Bello denies assassination attempt on his life



The governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has slammed claims of an assassination attempt on his life.


Reports surfaced Sunday that Bello escaped an assassination attempt on his way to an official engagement in Abuja.


According to a statement by the Kogi State Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, the attack occurred around 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 22.


“The attackers dressed in military uniforms waylaid the governor’s convoy and started shooting sporadically at his vehicle and other vehicles in the convoy. It took the swift intervention of the security personnel attached to the governor to foil the satanic plans of the unknown soldiers.”


Debunking the claim in a Facebook Live on Sunday, Bello denied such an attempt on his life, saying, ‘Misguided elements will take this out of context. You are not doing me any favour by putting fake news out there, saying Governor Yahaya Belo escaped assassination when there was nothing of that nature.

 He clarified that while there was a minor fracas between men of the Nigerian Police Force attached to his convoy and those of a military unit manning the highways, it was in the course of both units performing their lawful security duties.

 ‘There was a minor fracas between the military and the police attached to my convoy. It was resolved within five minutes.”

The Governor who commended the security agencies for their joint contributions to the improved security of lives and property enjoyed by the citizens of Kogi State, however, called on the high command of the agencies involved to investigate overzealousness or unprofessional conduct by any of their men involved in the incident and apply the necessary sanctions.


The Governor called on citizens of Kogi State to ignore any attempt by political profiteers to use the incident to unsettle the polity as the state’s 2023 governorship elections slated for  November 11 draw nearer.


He assured the state of his safety and the adequacy of security arrangements to ensure the elections are peaceful, free and fair.

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