Precisely two months after he narrowly escaped death following an attack on his convoy at Auchi area, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole again came under attack by yet to be identified gunmen while his campaign train stopped at Usen town, Ovia South West Local Government Area of the state.
Oshiomhole had paid the customary homage to the Onogie of Usen, His Royal Highness Oluogbe II at his palace where he received a rousing welcome from the monarch and the council of chiefs as well a tumultuous crowd of well-wishers gathered outside the palace.
At about 6pm, Oshiomhole’s convoy left the palace. It had not travelled too far down the road when it ran into a barricade. Naturally, the security details attached to the governor came down to remove the bar. As they were clearing it, 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 Action Congress of Nigeria (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.
Apparently annoyed that they missed their target, the thugs later descended on the near-by police post and vandalised it.
However, the Nigeria Police Force on Friday debunked allegations by the ACN-led government of Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State that the PDP was behind the attack on his convoy during a campaign rally on Thursday.
The Oshiomhole administration, through the state’s Commissioner for Information, Louis Odion, had issued a statement claiming that the governor was attacked at Usen in Ovia South-West Local Government Area by suspected assassins who shot at the vehicles in the convoy, and had pointed accusing fingers at the PDP.