Kogi Election: Masked Security Men Attack Governor Makinde In Lokoja Hotel

Kogi Election: Masked Security Men Attack Governor Makinde In Lokoja Hotel
Musa Wada, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday’s election in Kogi state and Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State narrowly escaped being whisked away by masked gunmen on Friday.
According to the information reaching us, the masked men, who were dressed up in dressed in police uniforms and bullet proof masks attacked Suitorial Hotel where the two politicians were lodged.

Fortunately, the masked men didn't succeed in gaining access into the hotel as security men attached to the Governor repelled and chased them away.

An eye witness while speaking with The Nation's corespondent said that some of the masked men climbed the fence of the hotel to gain access, others came in through the gate, alleging they may have come into the hotel to abduct the PDP candidate.

According to him; “Some people said they may have been fake policemen but the governor’s security men said the attackers were not fake judging from uniform they were wearing and that they were hooded so that they will not be identified.

Farouk Adejoh, the Director General of Publicity of the PDP Campaign Council while confirming the incidence said that about 50 of the men dressed in police uniform came into the attack apparently to abduct the governorship candidate of the PDP who was lodged in the same hotel. The Nation reports.

Adejoh said: “I can confirm to you that the hotel was attacked by hooded men in police uniform. They came in tinted buses, but our security details repelled them.

We have been complaining that there are so many tinted vehicles that are not registered in the state and two days ago, the Commissioner of Police said such vehicles should be impounded. But these men came in those tinted vehicles”.

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, also confirmed the attack, saying "Information reaching us from Lokoja, the Kogi state capital confirmed that some armed and masked security men who appeared in police uniforms have attacked the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde in Lokoja, Kogi state capital."

The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Busari, however said the Police also got the information but denied that there was an attack on the governor’s hotel.

Our corrspondent gathered that the PDP high command has reached out to the Inspector General of Police, asking him to ensure that nothing happen to its candidate.

Information from Anyimgba, Dekina local government area of the state also have it some houses belonging to some PDP leaders in the area were allegedly destroyed early on Friday.

A source from the area said: “There were shooting throughout the night in Anyimgba by hoodlums who apparently don’t want people to come out and vote on Saturday.

"But the people are determined to vote and so they mobilised themselves and disperse the hoodlums."

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