It was said that some gunmen, dressed in police uniforms, tried to gain entry into the Suitorial Hotels, Lokoja, along Stadium Road, where the governor and some members of the PDP Campaign Council were lodged at about 12.50 p.m on Friday, November 15, 2019.
Makinde was in the state ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
A statement by a special adviser to the governor, Taiwo Adisa said eyewitnesses confirmed that the hooded security operatives scaled the fence of the Hotel and attempted to gain entrance into the main Hotel. The statement reads:
“Information reaching us from Lokoja, the Kogi State capital confirmed that some armed and masked security men who appeared in police uniforms have attacked the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde in Lokoja, Kogi state capital.
“Makinde is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Kogi State Campaign Council. He is in Kogi in his capacity as the Chairman of that Council.
“Eyewitnesses confirmed that the hooded security operatives arrived the Suitorial Hotels, Lokoja, located along Stadium Road, Lokoja, where the Governor and some members of the PDP Campaign Council are lodged at about 12.50 pm, on Friday, shooting sporadically and attempting to break into the hotel rooms.
The gunmen, dressed in police uniforms and bullet proof masks, were said to have arrived the hotel at about 12.50 pm.
“It was gathered the some of the hooded security operatives scaled the fence of the Hotel and attempted to enter the rooms. A melee was set off as the security operatives attached to the Governor of Oyo state were said to have resisted the invaders.
“Within a short while, some residents nearby also gathered to resist the invading gunmen.”
Also, Director General of Publicity of the PDP Campaign Council, Farouk Adejoh, confirmed the attack told newsmen that about 50 of the men dressed in police uniform came into the attack apparently to abduct the governorship candidate of the PDP who was lodged in the same hotel.
“I can confirm to you that the hotel was attacked by hooded men in police uniform. They came in tinted buses, but our security details repelled them,” Adejoh said.
“We have been complaining that there are so many tinted vehicles that are not registered in the state and two days ago, the Commissioner of Police said such vehicles should be impounded. But these men came in those tinted vehicles.”