Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has on Thursday survived assassination attack by unknown gunmen precisely two months after he narrowly escaped death following an attack on his convoy at Auchi area.
Oshiomhole, who is vying for a second term in office as the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate, was attacked while his campaign train stopped at Usen town, Ovia South West Local Government Area of the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Louis Odion, confirmed the incident. “At about 6pm local time, Governor Oshiomhole’s convoy left the palace; it had not travelled too far down the road when it ran into a barricade,” he said.
“Naturally, the security details attached to the governor came down to remove the bar. As they were clearing the place, tens of heavily armed thugs emerged from nowhere and opened fire on the governor for several seconds.
Dutifully, the brave security details attached to the governor, supported by an additional contingent of regular policemen deployed to maintain law and order, rose to the occasion. They were able to shield the governor, key government functionaries and others, including leaders of Edo ACN to safety without sustaining any human casualties. But several official vehicles, including Toyota Landcruisers, Hilux pick-up van and Toyota Corolla saloon car were either badly damaged or riddled with bullets.”
“The Edo State Government wishes to condemn this latest assault on Governor Oshiomhole in strongest terms and urge the national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to call their members in Edo State to order,” he said. “The misguided elements in the rank in Edo State should realise that not only they have the monopoly of violence.
Oshiomhole had visited the traditional ruler of Usen, Oluogbe II, and was on his way back when the attack occurred.