The Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Festus Ebea, the Minority Leader, Hon. Emma Okoduwa and Hon. Patrick Iluobe escaped death by whiskers on Sunday when their official vehicles were attacked by gunmen suspected to be assassins along the Benin-Asaba Expressway.
It was gathered that the incident at Abudu, the headquarters of Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State was bloody as one of the suspected assassins was shot dead by an orderly attached to Okoduwa.
Another was said to have been shot and seriously injured while about 10 others escaped in an operation which sources lasted close to 45-minutes on the busy route.
Confirming the incident Ebea, who was visibly shaken by the incident, said the attackers were prepared going by their dressing and weapons.
He said: “Their mission was to kill and they blocked the road and we’re searching all the vehicles one by one”.
He also said that but for the vigilance of the police orderlies and their driver, the story would have been different, adding that the matter has been reported to the state Police Commissioner.
It will be recall that there is a serious crisis in the Edo Assembly where the eight PDP members elected Ebea as Speaker and suspended Speaker Uyi Igbe and four other officers of the 15-member APC group.
The Igbe-led assembly had earlier suspended Ebea and three PDP members for misconduct, forcing the assembly into a cul de sac that has crippled plenary for two weeks.
The Ebea group secured a court order from the Federal High court not to be suspended but it was ignored by Speaker Igbe who also secured a state high court order barring those suspended from plenary.
The Ebea group has also ignored this order and have been present at the assembly’s chamber though plenary has not held as Igbe insists on the state high court order.
Nevertheless the house is expected to resume plenary today Monday, while members of both groups who alleged threat to their lives has seen the Nigerian police conducting a search for arms and other weapons on the premises.