The menace of assassination attempts on Nigerian politicians is becoming increasingly worrisome.
Checks by SaharaReporters revealed that five Nigerian politicians in a space of 6 months (September 2020 to March 2021) narrowly escaped death from assassination attempts.
The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, on September 26, 2020, was almost killed when Boko Haram terrorists ambushed his convoy in the Baga region of the state.
On October 18, 2020, the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, escaped what officials called an “assassination attempt” when armed people attacked anti-police brutality protesters in the state capital Osogbo. After marching with the protesters, Governor Oyetola was addressing them when shots were fired. Oyetola was not hurt but some of his aides were wounded.
On January 10, 2021, the senator representing Osun West Senatorial District, Adelere Oriolowo, was reportedly attacked by gunmen during a meeting of members of the All Progressives Congress in the district.
Also, on Saturday, March 20, 2021, suspected herdsmen attacked the convoy of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. Ortom was said to be returning from Gboko when the incident happened along Makurdi-Gboko highway around noon. The governor was on his way to Makurdi, the state capital, when the suspected herdsmen opened fire on his convoy but were repelled by his security men.
Gunmen on Wednesday disrupted an interactive session between Isuofia youths and a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo at the town’s civic centre.
Soludo, who is from Isuofia, and a leading aspirant in the forthcoming governorship election, is, however, said to be safe. The state’s Commissioner of Police, Sunday Kuryas, while confirming the attack on Soludo to Channels Television, explained that the details were still sketchy.