The Defence Headquarters has vehemently denied any connection to the reported attack on Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, which transpired on a fateful Sunday.
Governor’s Disturbing Allegation
The incident in question revolved around Governor Bello’s claim of an assassination attempt on his life, occurring just a few kilometers outside of Abuja. The governor was en route to an official engagement from Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State when the unsettling incident unfolded.
Official Statement Raises Questions
A statement issued by Kogi State’s Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, detailed the harrowing encounter. According to the statement, the assailants donned in military attire, ambushed the governor’s convoy and began firing indiscriminately at his vehicle and other vehicles within the convoy. This startling revelation understandably raised questions and concerns.
Misinterpretation Sparks Controversy
However, confusion and controversy ensued as some quarters misinterpreted the statement, asserting that unidentified soldiers were behind the attack. This misunderstanding prompted a need for clarity and investigation.
Defence Headquarters Responds
To address this, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, speaking in an interview with our correspondent, sought to set the record straight. He clarified that Governor Bello had not explicitly accused the military of orchestrating the attack. Instead, the governor merely indicated that his attackers were clad in military uniforms. General Gusau stressed that military personnel would never target a sitting governor.
Call for a Thorough Investigation
In light of this clarification, the Defence Headquarters urged the police to launch a comprehensive investigation into the matter. The goal is to unravel the circumstances surrounding the attack and identify the individuals responsible for this alarming incident. General Gusau emphasized, “The attack is regrettable, and we deeply deplore the incident. Nevertheless, it is crucial to note that the governor did not attribute the attack to the military. He simply stated that his attackers were wearing military uniforms. These attackers are criminals. We implore the police to investigate the matter and uncover the circumstances and individuals behind this assault.”
The situation remains a matter of concern and underscores the need for a thorough and diligent investigation to bring those involved to justice.
Stay tuned for further developments on this evolving story.