Edo election campaigns get hotter as gunmen attack Gov Obaseki’s campaign convoy


Everybody knew the Edo 2020 governorship elections would not be easy but the violence now marring the exercise seems to be very high. The governor is frequently attacked while motor accident takes lives.


Armed men suspected to be robbers on Monday attacked the campaign convoy of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu at Erua Village in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the State.

BusinessDay gathered that the armed men who were probably on a robbery operation fell a tree to block the Benin-Auchi expressway, a few metres away from Jehovah’s Witness international headquarters.

It was gathered that the hoodlums who were said to have laid siege few metres away from a police checkpoint mistook the governor’s convoy for a prominent personality.

The Security operatives attached to the convoy, however, repelled the armed robbers from attacking the convoy.

A source who witnessed the incident said the governor’s convoy was moving slowly without blaring a siren.

“Upon sighting the Governor’s convoy, the hoodlums fired a gunshot, but the security operatives attached to the Governor and his deputy, Hon. Philip Shaibu, repelled the robbers who fled into nearby bushes.

“The armed robbers thought it was just a VIP that was coming.  The Governor’s convoy was not blaring siren and was moving slowly when the attempt was made.

“Immediately, the convoy approached where they laid siege. While we were thinking of what to do, they fired a gunshot. We had to jump out and repelled those miscreants”, he said.

Policemen die

Two Policemen in APC Campaign Team die in Road clash

Two of the police personnel attached to the campaign team of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Tuesday lost their lives in a road accident.

The police officers whose names cannot be ascertained as at press time were said to have lost their lives before  Oluku junction in Ovia North-East Local Government Area on their way to Usen community for a campaign.

A statement by John Mayaki, chairman, Edo State APC Media Campaign Council said a trailer ran into the travelling campaign entourage and killed two lives.

Mayaki, said the incident, however, led to the suspension  of the campaign rally in the community to honour the dead Police officers.

“On behalf of Pastor Ize-Iyamu and the APC, Mayaki condoled with the families of the victims, saying they were not alone in their grief.

He pledged that the campaign council would do everything within its powers to ameliorate their grief.

The statement added that the APC  campaign council and its candidate will reach out to the families of the policemen involved in the fatal crash.

He called on everyone to pray for the soul of the dead, and against the recurrence of such tragedies.