By Philips Sunday
Lokoja, (AN24) – The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello was stoned by angry residents today, Friday, August 26, shortly after the Jumat prayer in Lokoja, the state capital.
Witnesses say the incident occurred at the Lokoja Central Mosque in the old market area of the capital, Premium Times reports.
One of Premium Times sources say the furious residents also carried few placards while chanting anti-government slogans, as they pelted Mr. Bello with rotten fruits and vegetables.
Speaking further, the Source said: “The situation in this state is even worse than what the residents are doing. The situation is pathetic,” the source said.
Also reacting to the incident, an official in the state stressed that t was the second time in two weeks that the governor would be so attacked as complaints mount about the depreciating living conditions in the state.
According to the source, “He recently attended an event in Ankpa, and residents there defied heavy security to stone him,” the official said. “We don’t understand what’s going on.”
Howbeit, the officials of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) later dispersed the crowd with teargas.
Meanwhile, before Governor Bello was attacked by angry residents in the state capital, he had called on the people of the state to be vigilant and security conscious by checking movement of strange persons in their neighbourhood and report suspicious individuals to security agents.
Mr. Bello made this call in Lokoja at the Jumat Mosque Prayers to mark the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the state.
The Governor noted that some people have recruited some miscreants and imported them to the state to cause trouble, warning the trouble shooters to relocate from the state or meet the superior power of the law.
Speaking further, the state Governor assured the people of the state that the law enforcement agencies are working hard to fish out the miscreants out of the state.
In his words, “I am conscious of the circumstance that brought me to power and will only be answerable to God and the people of Kogi State,” Bello opined.