Former National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said the Tuesday’s accident which claimed the lives of two policemen was a clear case of assassination attempt on his life.
Igbere TV had reported how Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo state, narrowly escaped death by the whiskers on Tuesday when a trailer ram into his convoy in Benin City, the Edo state capital.
Two policemen were, however, unlucky as they lost their lives in the crash which occurred after the Benin by-pass by Oluku junction, while on their way to a campaign rally at Usen, with other leaders of the APC.
We had also reported that two others are in critical condition receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital, while Oshiomhole and other persons in the convoy, did not sustain any injuries.
Reacting, Oshiomhole in a statement forwarded to Igbere TV Tuesday endorsed by his senior media aide, Victor Oshioke, said it was a clear case of assassination attempt on his life.
“It is pertinent to state, without fear of contradiction, that the convoy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was maintaining legal speed limits when this incident occurred. This explains why the trailer, travelling in the same direction over-ran the Hilux truck off the road and still hit the SUV carrying Comrade Oshiomhole.
“Without prejudice to police investigations, eyewitnesses account of the incident suggest, and we believe rightly too, that this was an assassination attempt, targeting Comrade Adams Oshiomhole,” Oshioke alleged.
“It is painful that innocent policemen performing their legal duties lost their lives in this very unfortunate incident.
“While we pray for the quick recovery of the injured policemen, we extend our condolences to the families of the departed,” the statement added.
Igbere TV gathered that Oshiomhole has since visited the injured in the hospital and deployed some of his aides to be on standby to ensure that the wounded policemen are given the best medical attention possible.
A police source in the state told our correspondent that “the case was immediately reported at the Ekiadolor police station”, and that “investigations are ongoing.”
The statement, therefore, called on the security agencies to “do everything possible to unravel the circumstances surrounding this incident, especially because of the threat to the life of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the violence which has been directed towards him and those around him in recent times.”
On how the accident happened, Oshioke narrated the “trailer driving in the same direction (with Oshiomhole) veered off its course, hit the back up Toyota Hilux vehicle carrying 7 policemen, forcing it off the road, into the bush and rammed into the Sports Utility vehicle carrying Comrade Oshiomhole.”