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Published On: Mon, Aug 20th, 2018

Count me out of attack on Aisha Alhassan’s convoy-Taraba gov.

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By Ese Awhotu with agency report

Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku, has denied links to attack on the convoy of the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, during weekend’s Assembly bye- election in Takum.
Ishaku who distanced himself from the attack , spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu.
He said that, the allegation that he sponsored thugs to attack the minister was very malicious.
Recall that, the convoy of the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, was on Saturday attacked by hoodlums alleged to have been sponsored by the Governor.
Reports said youths in Takum had pelted the minister’s convoy with stones, shattering windscreens of two vehicles in her convoy.
However, speaking to journalists in an interview in Takum, Aisha Alhassan had alleged that people were hired outside Takum to attack her convoy as Takum people accommodated her even in the governors ward.
“They brought thugs yesterday; and thank God, when I heard the information, I reported to the Police Commissioner, who was also in Takum, that we had reliable information that PDP was bringing thugs from Wukari, Jalingo and Bali local government areas and he said they were going to monitor the situation.
“But we discovered that the people sneaked into this town and gathered stones in a Hilux vehicle and waited for us at the route we were to follow.
“While we were moving, we started seeing stones coming from one direction and the security officers on the convoy advised that we go back to avoid clash between our supporters and theirs.
“Immediately we made a U-Turn, they also moved along with us in their Hilux and were stoning our convoy.”
According to her, they broke the rear windscreen of the state APC chairman’s car and broke that of her own car which did not scatter because of the way it was designed.
Meanwhile, Governor Ishaku, who condemned the attack, said it was wrong and wicked to associate him with the attack.

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