Bello is after my life, says Kogi’s deputy governor

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Kogi State Deputy Governor Elder Simon Achuba raised the alarm over threat to his life.

In an interview with reporters on Thursday at his official residence in Lokoja, the embattled deputy governor cried out to the Presidency and security agencies that Governor Yahaya Bello has detailed gunmen to kill him.

He alleged that gunmen, on the instruction of Bello, were out to kill him, adding that the plans were no secret.

But, the governor denied the allegation.

The deputy governor said the insecurity in the state is not about kidnapping and armed robbery, but about gunmen in government.

He warned against the prevalence of intimidation and the atmosphere of fear that pervades, alleging that gunmen have been mobilised to attack him.

 

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, and the Director State Security Service of planned attack on him, his aides, family members and workers.

The deputy governor called on them to turn their focus on Kogi, saying that the rift between him and Bello, is about the issue of performance.

He said the listing of payment of salaries as achievements means government is not working.

Achuba added that payment of salaries is not an achievement but a duty of the government.

He said that complain about the nonpayment of his salaries was earlier played up, pointing out that the non-release of impress to his office, which come with salaries of aides and workers attached to his office, was uncalled for.

He, however, thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve.

In a statement * yesterday by the Chief Press Secretary , Onogwu Mohammed , the government described the report as bogus and an exhibition of a blind rage by an angry suckling with a long-term pattern of abnormal behaviour characterised by exaggerated feelings of self-importance. ,

“The Kogi State Government is appalled that a deputy governor, who should epitomise leadership and good example in all senses, could descend so low to employ smear campaign against the person of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello and we state without equivocation that Mr. Achuba has no shred of evidence for his reckless surmising, which is nothing but a scripted venture in ruinous adventure.

“We do not train assassins, (and) as such, the state government or her personnel cannot be involved in sending assassins to murder any human soul let alone a deputy governor of our dear state.”

“Despite these unsubstantiated ramblings, however, we deemed it fit to clear the air by letting the general public know that the Kogi State Government would not be dragged into any form of political gerrymandering concocted for the furtherance of any person’s political interest or notoriety.”

The state government challenged Achuba  to bring evidence of his claims or desist from making further spurious allegations.

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