Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has played down the accounts of an assassination attempt on his life by the military.
Bello’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, had alleged that gunmen in military uniform attempted kill the Governor while on his way to Abuja.
Fanwo had claimed that the gunmen shot sporadically at Bello’s convoy at about 4pm on Sunday.
He alleged that at three different checkpoints from Lokoja, Governor Bello was attacked.
However, Bello said the story was not entirely true as the matter was resolved.
Addressing reporters at his residence in Abuja, the Governor said there was a fracas involving his security escorts and other security operatives at a checkpoint on the road but was resolved.
According to Bello: “This afternoon at about 14:00hours, I took off from Lokoja coming to Abuja and the journey was smooth along with the convoy and just about 16:00 hours, my convoy, especially the security, had an encounter with another sister agency and there was a fracas.
“Immediately, we waded in and it was resolved. From there, we had a smooth journey down to Abuja and ever since I came, I’ve been engaging in all the activities that brought me to Abuja and it’s been very smooth.
“Thereafter, I began to hear on social media about assassination attempt. I want to state categorically very clearly, dear Nigerians, there was no assassination attempt on me Yahaya Bello, the executive governor of Kogi State by the military or by anybody.”