Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, yesterday claimed there was an assassination attempt on his life in Abuja.
A statement by Tukur’s media aide, Oliver Okpala said the incident occurred along the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport road in Abuja while Tukur was on his way to receive an honorary doctorate degree from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State.
According to the statement,“As his convoy of four jeeps was on the way to the airport, a tinted Hilux (SUV) 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 statement further noted that the Police have been informed about the incident though no arrest has been made yet.