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Ex-Minister, Kogi CAN Chairman Escape Assassination Attempt


By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja

The Kogi State Chairman of Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop John Ibenu has escaped assassination attempt on his life as some unknown gunmen riddled his car with bullets.

Just as the former Minister of Health State,  Chief  Gabriel Aduku also escaped assassination attempt as some gunmen numbering six invaded his house in Anyigba.

Speaking to the  newsmen yesterday in Lokoja,  Bishop John Ibenu said he was on his way from his village in Kogi East at about 5.30 pm on Sunday when some 7 suspected Fulani herdsmen along Ojodu in Ofu local government area rushed out of the bush and open fire on his vehicle.

He explained  that the 4 of the Fulani men rushed out from the bush and in attempt to make u-turn,  another 3 Fulani men appeared from the bush and open gun fire on his vehicle.

He stated that they did not mask but fully armed with AK47, but with God grace he was able to managed his way from the scene to a nearby village before he stop.

He called of the state governor to intensified  more effort in curbing criminal activities in the state.

The Clergyman pointed out within a space of one week, series of kidnapping incident were recorded along Lokoja-Ajaokuta road and other places in the state.

Similarly,  the former Minister of Health State,  Chief Gabriel Aduku has also escaped assassination attempt on his life.

Chief Aduku was allegedly attacked by some gunmen men at his country home in Anyigba.

In a statement issued yesterday by the
Secretary-General, Mr. Alphonsus Alhassan Kogi East Elders’ Council (KEEC) which a copy was made available to THISDAY in Lokoja alleged that “by evening of December 18, 2017, Chief Arc. Gabriel Aduku, who is the Deputy Chairman of the Kogi East Elders’ Council (KEEC) was accosted and man-handled at his residence in Anyigba, Kogi State.

“The hoodlums in their twenties were six in number and were uniformed. Three stayed outside while three while two of them masked entered his sitting room through his kitchen.

“One of them carried a pump action rifle while the other two had pistols which they pointed at his head and informed him they were sent from Abuja to pick him for questioning.

“He refused to accompanied them despite their physically trying to bundle him out as he insisted he would rather die within his compound if need be.”

He noted that they broke down two bedroom doors, seized his telephone sets, those of his aide and other valuables to make it appear like a robbery attack.

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