Adams Oshiomhole, the immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress on Monday narrowly escaped death as two policemen attached to him were killed.
The former Governor’s convoy was attacked by a trailer and two policemen who were part of his escort were killed in the incident, along the Benin bye-pass in Benin, the state capital.
It would be recalled by this reporters that Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, escaped death after his convoy was attacked by a group of armed robbers at Erua Village in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of his state.
All these happening are barely few weeks to the governorship election.
Comrade Oshiomole has claimed the accident involving his convoy on Tuesday in Edo State was actually an assassination attempt on his life.
He narrated that while he was lucky to escape unhurt, the violence targeted at him and those around him in recent times has made him cry out for safety.
The statement reads “Some minutes after 12 pm today Tuesday September 1, 2020, there was a motor accident involving the convoy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, along Benin Lagos by-pass before Oluku junction”.
“The convoy was headed to Usen Community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, where Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was expected to appear at a campaign rally alongside Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC governorship candidate in the September 19, 2020 election in the state, when a trailer driving in the same direction 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, causing substantial damage”.
“We are sad to report that two police personnel in the Toyota Hilux truck lost their lives while two others are in critical condition receiving treatment at a hospital in the state”.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other persons in the convoy , apart from those indicated above did not sustain any injuries”.
“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, causing substantial damage”.
“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”.
“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.”