24th February, 2019
Sen. Suleiman Adokwe, representing Nasarawa South Senatorial Zone, was attacked by hoodlums on Sunday in Lafia.
Adokwe, the Senate Committee Chairman on Information, said he was attacked at St. Williams Primary School Lafia, the collation Centre for Gayam Ward.
The senator said the incident occurred when he went out to see what was happening following a report from his agents that government officials were seen at the collation centre trying to influence the result of the polls.
He said all through Saturday night, he had also been getting reports of ballot stealing and stuffing across the zone.
“When my agent at the Gayam Ward collation Centre, Lafia, called to intimate me at about 1:00 p.m. of the presence of some state government officials there, I decided to go there and see things for myself.
“On sighting me, some hoodlums around the centre started shouting that I should go away, that I was not from Lafia and as such I did not belong there.
“Before I could understand what was happening, they started rushing at me with clubs, stones, and spear.
“It took divine intervention for me to escape with my life.
“He decried the violent dimension the electoral process was taking in the state and called on the Police to act accordingly.
Adokwe, however, said he had reported the attempt on his life to the Police.
Commissioner of Police in the state Bola Longe, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the senator called to inform him of the incident.
Longe promised to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice.
He reiterated the commitment of the Police to providing maximum security to all law abiding citizens of the state.
He said the police was not relenting, especially as this period of elections.
“You can see that our men have been everywhere to ensure security of lives and property.
“I had to personally lead a patrol to various parts of the state till about 2:00 a.m. this morning,” Longe added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adokwe, who is seeking his fourth term at the senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is being challenged by Gov. Umaru Al-Makura, of the All Progressives Congress (APC).