Kogi gov attacked in Lokoja

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FROM EMMANUEL ADEYEMI,

Lokoja

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello was
reportedly pelted with stones and sachets of pure
water yesterday shortly after the Jumaat prayers

held at the Central mosque Lokoja, the state
capital.
The governor who had gone to the mosque for
prayers to commemorate the 25th anniversary of
the state holding today, was said to have been
attacked by angry mob who allegedly complained
of hunger and hard times now ravaging the state.
But in a reaction, the Special Adviser to the
governor on media and strategy, Mr Abdulmalik
Abdul denied any such incident, saying the
governor successfully performed the Friday prayers
and left the scene when some miscreants caused a
stir.
He said the governor couldn’t have been attacked
as he was passionately loved by the citizens of the
state, adding that his political detractors who
wanted to distract him from his good works
orchestrated the lie.
However, reports said the governor had to be
whisked away by his security details so as not to
be physically assaulted by the irate mob who were
chanting anti-government songs and using vulgar
language against the governor.
It was further learnt that anti riot policemen had to
be drafted to the scene to avoid further break down
of law and order.
When contacted over the incident, the State Police
Public Relations Officer, Willy Aya denied any mob
attack on the governor but confirmed that
policemen were drafted to the scene to maintain
law and order.

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