From Raji Bello Sokoto
Youths suspected to be political miscreants yesterday attacked a prominent politician and chieftain of All Progressive Party in Sokoto State, Alhaji Dahiru Yusuf Yabo.
The incident, according to eyewitnesses occurred in the frontage of Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s private residence shortly after a wedding ceremony of the governor’s cousin daughter held on Saturday.
Yabo who was one of the dignitaries that attended the event was ambushed by the irate youth popularly known as Area boys in the state, and attacked the vehicle conveying him out of the venue.
An eyewitness confirmed to our reporter that it took the efforts of security personnel stationed at the governor’s residence to save the ugly situation.
In a statement made available to journalists in Sokoto, Yabo, a former commissioner and avid supporter of President Muhammudu Buhari described the attack as an attempt to assassinate him because of his political views in recent times.
According to him: “The political assassination attempt on me at governor’s residence yesterday left no one in doubt to their low level of sensible and rational judgement.
“The acts clearly indicated their intention to lynch me and possibly send me to early grave as instructed by their political godfather and sponsors.
“It is therefore apparent and dutiable on every responsible members of Sokoto State family to come on board in this noble course aimed at dislodging this crop of leadership that is very insensitive to the plight of its citizenry,” Yabo explained.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Cordelia Nwawe could not confirm the incident as calls and message sent to her mobile phone were unanswered.