Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello dismissed reports of an assassination attempt on his life on Sunday, saying it was a “minor fracas” between his police convoy and a military unit.
The governor’s convoy was attacked en route to Abuja on Sunday evening, according to Kingsley Fanwo, the state’s information commissioner. However, Bello told reporters in Abuja that there was no assassination attempt.
“It was a minor fracas between men of the Nigerian Police Force attached to my convoy and those of a military unit manning the highways,” he said. “It was in the course of both units performing their lawful security duties that the incident happened.”
Bello commended the security agencies for their joint contributions to the improved security of lives and property in Kogi State, but called on the high command of the agencies involved to investigate any overzealousness or unprofessional conduct by their men.
He also urged the 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 draw nearer.
“I assure the state of my safety and the adequacy of security arrangements to ensure that the elections are peaceful, free and fair,” he said.