‘Soldiers did not attempt to assassinate me’ – Gov Bello counters Kogi commissioner

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has denied an assassination attempt on his life by the military.

Recall that the Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, had alleged that gunmen in military uniform attempted to assassinate the Governor while en route Abuja.

Fanwo had claimed that the gunmen shot sporadically at Bello’s convoy at about 4pm on Sunday.

The Information Commissioner noted that Governor Bello was attacked at three different points on the Lokoja-Abuja highway, the last being around Kwali Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

However, Bello has countered his Commissioner’s claim.

Addressing reporters at his residence in Abuja, the Governor said there was a fracas 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.

“Thereafter, I began to hear on social media about assassination attempt. 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.”