Chris Steven, Abuja
Former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ambassador Bamanga Tukur, has narrowly escaped an attempt on his life along the ever busy Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
This was contained in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Prince Oliver Okpala.
The ugly incident, according to the statement occurred while the elder statesman was on his way to Owerri via Abuja Airport to receive a doctorate degree award front FUTO Owerri, Imo state .
“As his convoy made up of four Jeeps were driving to the Airport, a tinted Hilux emerged and attempted to break into the convoy heading towards Tukur’s jeep when his security escort prevented the attempts.
“Because of the resistance, the hilux forcefully ran into the convoy hitting and damaging three of the jeeps including that of Tukur. The occupants of the hilux demanded that the door of the car should be opened and the occupant pulled out.
“The hilux occupants fought to dispossess the security of their guns and this met some resistance.
“In the process the occupants of the hilux, whoever they are manhandled the policemen, but Tukur and his driver cleverly escaped from the scene .
“Before he alighted to board the aircraft, the same people again tried to reach him, possibly to execute their motive but the airport security now joined his security details to subdue them, before Tukur was quickly rushed to the departure hall.
“The Police has been notified of this ugly incident and development.” said the statement
The statement explained that there has been sharp reactions and condemnation by some Nigerians “on this ugly attempt on the life of the elder statesman who have truly and sincerely served Nigeria and the international community with a call for full investigation over this incident.”