Three days after the killing of the Rivers State ANPP chairman, Nwaofu; just hours after a PDP ward chairman was killed in Plateau State; and exactly two months after an alleged attempt on his life, Governor Adams Osiomole of Edo State once again escaped death when gunmen attacked his convoy on Thursday, 28th June, 2012.
The Governor had paid a visit to the Onogie of Usen, His Royal Highness Oluogbe II at his palace and was on his way back when the incident occurred.
In a statement by the state commissioner for information and orientation, Louis Odion, confirming the incident, he said, “At about 6pm local time, Governor Oshiomhole’s convoy left the palace. It had not travelled too far down the road when it ran into a barricade. Naturally, the security details attached to the governor came down to remove the bar. As they were clearing the [place], tens of heavily armed thugs emerged from nowhere and opened fire on the governor for several seconds”
However, the governor was able to escape unhurt. The statement continues “… dutifully, the brave security details attached to the governor, supported by an additional contingent of regular policemen deployed to maintain law and order, rose to the occasion. They were able to shield the governor, key government functionaries and others including leaders of Edo Action Congress of Nigeria to safety without sustaining any human casualties”. Several cars in the convoy were riddled with bullets.