Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was on Friday reportedly assaulted with stones by some aggrieved residents in the state as he emerged from a mosque where he observed Jumat prayer in Lokoja, the state capital.
Premium Times gathered that the incident occurred at the Lokoja Central Mosque in the old market area of the capital.
The motives behind the intention of the disgruntled persons, who were seen carrying few placards while chanting anti-government slogans, remained vague.
However, a source disclosed that Mr. Bello was also pelted with rotten fruits and vegetables before the intervention of the police, who dispersed the crowd with teargas.
“The situation in this state is even worse than what the residents are doing. The situation is pathetic,” the source said.
An official in the state said that was the second time in two weeks the governor would be so attacked as complaints mount about the depreciating living conditions in the state.
“He recently attended an event in Ankpa, and residents there defied heavy security to stone him,” the official said. “We don’t understand what’s going on.”
Efforts made to reach the spokespersons of the State Government, Kingsley Fanwo and Gbenga Olorunpomi, proved unsuccessful.