Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello was accosted by disgruntled residents as he emerged from a mosque where he observed Jumat prayer in Lokoja the state capital.
It is not immediately clear why the residents carried out the attack against Mr. Bello, but witnesses said the incident occurred at the Lokoja Central Mosque.
Sources close to the incident confirmed the development, claiming that a mob of people carried few placards while chanting anti-government slogans. The source also said Mr. Bello was pelted with rotten fruits and vegetables.
The police dispersed the crowd with teargas soon afterwards.
The source said:
“The situation in this state is even worse than what the residents are doing. The situation is pathetic.”
An official in the state said that was the second time in two weeks the governor would be so attacked as complaints mount about the depreciating living conditions in the state.
“He recently attended an event in Ankpa, and residents there defied heavy security to stone him, We don’tunderstand what’s going on.”
Kingsley Fanwo and Gbenga Olorunpomi, Kogi State Government spokespersons have not been reached to give an official statement on the fracas.
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