Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has denied an assassination attempt on his life by the military.
Benco news recalls that the Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, had alleged that gunmen in military uniform attempted to assassinate the governor en route to Abuja.
Fanwo had claimed that the gunmen shot sporadically at Bello’s convoy at about 4 pm on Sunday.
The Information Commissioner noted that Governor Bello was attacked at three points on the Lokoja-Abuja highway, the last being around Kwali Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
However, Bello countered his Commissioner’s claim as false.
Addressing reporters at his residence in Abuja, the governor said there was an altercation involving his security escorts and other security operatives at a checkpoint on the road.
He, however, confirmed that the fracas was later resolved.
According to Bello: “This afternoon at about 14:00hours, I took off from Lokoja coming to Abuja and the journey was smooth along with the convoy and just about 16:00 hours, my convoy especially the security had an encounter with another sister agency, and there was a fracas.
“Immediately, we waded in, and it was resolved. From there, we had a smooth journey down to Abuja and ever since I came, I’ve been engaging in all the activities that brought me to Abuja, and it’s been very smooth.
“After that, I began to hear on social media about assassination attempts. I want to state categorically very clearly, dear Nigerians, there was no assassination attempt on me, Yahaya Bello, the executive governor of Kogi State, by the military or by anybody.”