— Says it was not an assassination attempt
Abuja, Nigeria – October 22, 2023 – The Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Yahaya Bello, has clarified the incident earlier reported as an assasination attempt on him which was widely reported on the social media, saying it was a minor disagreement between the security details attached to him and some military personnel providing security on the road.
In an interview granted to the press a few moments ago at his residence in Abuja, Governor Bello stated that there was no attempt whatsoever on his life. He clarified that while there was a minor fracas between men of the Nigerian Police Force attached to his convoy and those of a military unit manning the highways, it was in the course of both units performing their lawful security duties.
The Governor who commended the security agencies for their joint contributions to the improved security of lives and property enjoyed by the citizens of Kogi State, however, called on the high command of the agencies involved to investigate overzealousness or unprofessional conduct by any of their men involved in the incident and apply the necessary sanctions.
The Governor called on citizens of Kogi State to ignore any attempt by political profiteers to use the incident to unsettle the polity as the state’s 2023 governorship elections slated for November 11 draw nearer.
He assured the state of both his safety and the adequacy of security arrangements to ensure that the elections are peaceful, free and fair.