Thugs attack Kogi Senator at empowerment programme

A programme organised to empower his constituents in Kogi Central Senatorial district, yesterday, turned awry, as suspected political thugs attacked Senator Ahmed Ogembe. Several beneficiaries also sustained injuries.

Reliable sources disclosed that the incident, which took place at Afims Hotel in Okene, disrupted the event where Ogembe was billed to distribute items to more than 1,000 women drawn from the five local government councils of the district.

The Guardian gathered that hoodlums stormed the venue brandishing dangerous weapons at about 8:00 a.m.

Several women, who had come for the programme, sustained injuries. Supporters of the senator were also attacked. Some of the victims were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

It was further gathered that shortly after the incident, the state government allegedly issued a statement proscribing all political activities in Kogi Central, citing security challenges.

Ogembe, after the attack, went on to hold the event at the same venue.

Addressing his supporters and the beneficiaries of his empowerment initiative, the senator absolved Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration of the attack. He regretted that some persons have become willing tools for enemies of the state.

He advised those behind the attack to desist and find other means of showing support for the governor rather than creating problems. He said the issue has been reported to appropriate authorities for investigation.

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