25th June, 2010
What could have thrown Benue State into a mourningÂ was averted by police escort and other security personnel attached to the governor of Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam after they ran into a road block mounted around Gudi and Garaku in Nasarawa State by some suspected armed robbers who had earlier held some motorists captive
We gathered that Governor Suswam was on his way to Abuja from Makurdi, the state capital when he ran into the road block mounted by the armed robbers.
However, on sighting the governorâ€™s convoy, the suspected armed bandits abandoned the road block and took to their heels, leaving behind some motoristsÂ they had earlier held captive at the scene.
In a press statement made available to P.M.NEWS, the Special Adviser to Governor Suswam on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Cletus Akwaya, said the alertness of the governorâ€™s security personnel on Governor Suswamâ€™s convoy averted what would have been an awful situation.
According to him, â€œwhen the security men noticed the unusual scene, they quickly alighted from their vehicles and dismantled the road block to open the road once again to traffic and rescued the motorists attacked by the robbers.â€
Akwaya stated that â€œthere was no exchange of gun fire as the robbers had hurriedly abandoned the illegal road block on the approach of the Governorâ€™s convoy.â€
This is not the first time governor ofÂ Benue State had an encounter with armed robbers. The immediate past governor of the state, Hon. George Akume, now a serving senator, also had a bitter experience on Nassarawa State highway in 2004Â when his convoy was ambushed by armed bandits along Nasarrawa- Eggon road. The attack led to the death of Chief Andrew Agom, one time Managing Director of Nigerian Airways and a PDP stalwart in the state