(THEWILL) – It was a narrow escape for Gombe State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Wednesday night, as his convoy was partially involved in an auto crash along the Gombe-Yola road during which one life was lost and six others sustained varying degrees of injury.
But the Minority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdulhamid Waziri Doho, was not that lucky as he was shot and killed by suspected gunmen who attacked him the same day.
The driver of a pick-up van had lost control on a sharp bend while driving on top speed and hit a Police van and a Peugeot 406 car in the governor’s convoy that was returning from a constituency tour of Shongom Local Government Area of the state around 9:15pm.
The injured victims of the accident are said to be receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe. Confirming the incident, the Mobile Police Commander for Gombe State, Superintendent G.S Yaro, whose official vehicle was also involved in the accident, said that none of the occupants of his vehicle was injured.
The accident came as unknown gunmen, Wednesday night, shot and killed the Minority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdulhamid Waziri Doho.
A close friend of the deceased, Malam Adamu Yakubu, who gave details of the incident to newsmen shortly after it happened, said “six strange looking men arrived the residence of the lawmaker, opposite Gombe State University, at around 8:30 pm local time and shot him at close range.”
According to Yakubu, “Three of them immediately went into the sitting room, where they met the late Waziri and rained several shots on him, leaving him in a pool of his blood, while his married daughter that rushed to assist escaped with a gunshot wound on her left arm.”
Governor Dankwambo, his deputy, Tha’anda Jason Rubainu and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Inuwa Garba, who all rushed to the hospital, were visibly worried and too devastated to speak to newsmen.
Also, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Fwaje Atajiri (DSP), could not confirm the incident immediately as he told newsmen that he was still compiling his facts on the incident.
However, Dr. Mishelia of the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe, where the late lawmaker was rushed for medical attention, certified him dead.
Meanwhile, the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the mortuary while his daughter is still receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe.