Angry Youths Attack Niger Governor
Angry youths in Niger State have attacked the convoy of the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello.
The convoy was attacked in Munya Local Government area of the state on Wednesday.
The governor was in the area to kick-start his 2019 re-election campaign.
Eyewitness said that the governor’s convoy was blocked around Maitumbi village, the only route linking Munya and Shiroro local government councils to the state capital, where he was held for about 30 minutes by the irate youths.
The youths descended on the governor’s convoy with stones and jeered him over alleged poor performance and failure to fulfill promises.
The youths complained about poor electricity supply, lack of water for residents of Minna, the state capital, army of unemployed youths roaming the streets, and high level of insecurity.
It was gathered that the protesters were later repelled by uniformed men and some hired thugs that accompanied the governor.
However, in a swift response, Media Coordinator to the governor, Jide Oritunsin, refuted the claim, saying that “the governor’s convoy was not blocked, but he personally stopped to listen to the youths who were shouting ‘Ba wuta,’ meaning no light.
According to him, “Mr. Governor directed the Commissioner for Works to step down from the convoy and go to the AEDC to ensure they are given electricity.
“There was no military man in the convoy, but men of the Nigeria Police, DSS and others". He also claims that the governor cannot hire tugs.
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