Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Friday escaped death by a whisker when masked policemen led by an unnamed senior police officer n the Kogi State Command attempted to assassinate him in his hotel room.
Metrostarng learnt that the mission of the armed policemen was to either abduct the governor or assassinate him, in order to create an atmosphere of fear ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
However, residents of the area and security aides of the governor, who is in the state in his capacity as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s campaign council, foiled the assassination attempt.
The development sent shock waves across the country amid fears of violence in the buildup to the election.
The attempt brought back memories of the abduction of current Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, by policemen while he was governor of Anambra State.
Mskinde’s aides confirmed the incident in a statement, saying that “some armed and masked security men who appeared in police uniforms attacked the hotel where the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, lodged in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Friday.
“Makinde is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Kogi state Campaign Council.
He is in Kogi in his capacity as the Chairman of that Council.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that the hooded security operatives arrived the Suitorial Hotels, Lokoja, along Stadium Road, where the Governor and some members of the PDP Campaign Councul were lodged at about 12.50 p.m., shooting sporadically.
Some of the hooded security operatives scaled the fence of the Hotel and attempted to gain entrance into the main Hotel, the eyewitnesses confirmed.
But a number of security operatives attached to the Governor and some residents of nearby buildings, however, resisted the security operatives, thereby causing a melee.
Information confirmed that the hooded policemen came in about 100 vehicles and were said to have been led by the officer-in-charge of one of the Arms of the Nigeria Police Force in Kogi State.
An eyewitness at the scene of the incidence said: “They came fully armed and hooded. Some of them scaled the fence of the Hotel and made to enter the Hotel proper. But pandemonium ensued, as there was commotion between security operatives attached to the Governor and the invaders.
“However, some residents in the neighbourhood of the Hotel soon mobilised and joined the Governor’s security to resist the invaders.”