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NEWSFLASH: Governor Bello denies any attempt at his assassination

Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State, has strongly disavowed a previous remark made by his commissioner of information, claiming that he had been the target of murder attempts

The attack happened at around 4 p.m. a few kilometers away from Abuja, according to a statement made by the state commissioner for information and communication, Kingsley Fanwo, in Abuja. The governor was traveling from Lokoja to an official engagement

“The attackers, dressed in military uniforms, waylaid the Governor’s convoy and began firing intermittently at his vehicle and other vehicles in the convoy,” the governor stated. The unknown soldiers’ evil schemes had to be thwarted only by the prompt action of the Governor’s security detail

“Three separate points were attacked, with the final barricade being around Kwali Federal Capital Territory at approximately 420 PM”

However, the governor clarified the situation in a statement he signed over the weekend in Abuja, calling the charges untrue and should be ignored

He made it clear that there had been no attempt on his life, stressing that the incident had been a minor altercation between his personal security team and military officers stationed to guard the route

He clarified that although there was a small altercation between members of a military unit guarding the roadways and members of the Nigerian Police Force attached to his convoy, it occurred while both units were carrying out their official security responsibilities

However, the governor urged the high command of the agencies involved to look into any overzealousness or unprofessional behavior by any of their men involved in the incident and apply the appropriate sanctions. The governor praised the security agencies for their collaborative efforts to improve the security of lives and property enjoyed by the citizens of Kogi State

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The governor urged Kogi State residents to disregard any attempt by political opportunists to manipulate the event into a political controversy as the state’s November 11 governorship elections in 2023 approach

He gave the state assurances on his safety as well as the sufficiency of the security measures in place to guarantee free, fair, and peaceful elections

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