Thursday, 29 April 2021 05:50

‘No one is safe anymore’, senator says after surviving gunmen attacks twice on a single road trip

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A senator, Clifford Ordia, has called for an overhaul of infrastructure for security after gunmen attacked him twice in 24 hours on a trip.

Gunmen on Monday attacked the senator representing Edo Central in the upper legislative chamber twice along Okene-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abuja roads.

Ordia, who chairs Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, told newsmen in Abuja that gunmen opened fire on his convoy while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo State.

He said the first attack happened along Okene-Lokoja road in Kogi, with the second in Abaji, Abuja all on Monday.

He said security officers attached to him engaged the criminals in crossfire.

He said he escaped the attack unhurt though his personal vehicle was riddled with bullets.

The lawmaker, however, said three of the security officers sustained gunshot injuries.

One of the wounded policemen is in a critical condition, but responding to treatment in a hospital in Abuja, he added.

He said: “We were coming from Edo State, somewhere between Okene and Lokoja, when we met these suspected bandits. They opened fire on my convoy. The gallant policemen immediately return fire.

“The other security vehicle behind had to immediately join them and they were able to repel the suspected bandits. During the exchange, three of the policemen sustained gun wounds. One of them was critically injured. We rushed them to Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, Kogi State.

“They did their best and was able to stabilise them. I put a call across the Federal Medical Centre in Abuja to be on standby. One of the policemen had a bullet lodged close to his liver.

“We met another setback around Abaji. There was traffic because of an incidence and because we had to save the lives of the wounded policemen, we decided to make a move, but ran into another gang of gunmen who opened fire on us. Some vigilantes joined some policemen, and they were chased into the bush.

“That was how I survived that attack. If you look at my vehicles, you’ll see how the bullets damaged them. But I’m glad that we all survived. I must salute the gallantry of our policemen. If given the right equipment, they can do a lot and protect Nigerians.”

He called on the Federal Government to immediately initiate moves to restructure the security architecture of the country, warning that no one was safe anymore.

 

Daily Trust