A sizeable number of persons have been feared dead while several others have been left with various degrees of injuries after some unknown gunmen attacked the convoy of the All Progressives Party (APC) on its way to the palace of the Sarkin Jiwa.
The convoy was attacked at the Dei-Dei axis of the federal capital territory.
Naija News reports that the convoy had the presence of the FCT Minister’s representative, the APC Chairman in the FCT, Abdulmalik Usman, the Director General of FCT Campaign Council, Musa Mohammed APC’s candidates for various positions for the forthcoming election.
About nine vehicles of the convoy were set ablaze with petrol bombs, also known as Molotov cocktail. Other residents and road users also had their vehicles damaged.
A source who witnesses the scene revealed that no life was lost in the incident. However, the timely intervention of the security personnel ensured that the situation did not escalate.
Other motorists despite not being part of the convoy also had their windshields broken by flying objects which were hauled by the hoodlums from different directions.
While reacting to the attack, the Director General, FCT APC Campaign Council, Musa Mohammed, described the attack as unfortunate. He said intelligence information suggests that the attack may have been premeditated.
However, Mohammed dissociated the PDP supporters or ethnic elements from the attack.
According to Mohammed’s statement; “I don’t consider it to be a crisis between two parties. It was a premeditated attack on the APC stalwarts, but we didn’t have a privy knowledge of what was awaiting us.
“It’s quite unfortunate that it happened. On our way going, we were attacked and of course, on our way coming back, we were also attacked.
“But as law abiding citizens, we retreated and took another route in order to avoid loss of lives.
“Based on the report I gathered from the security personnel, about nine of our vehicles were burnt down.
“I believe that it’s a good omen that it happened before the election. It’s a pointer to the fact that we should be security conscious and make a security arrangement during the elections and of course after the elections,” Mohammed said.
Meanwhile, the attack on the APC convoy comes after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused President Muhammadu of cancelling its party presidential campaign in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Naija News had reported that the PDP alleged that the party had paid to use the Palace ground in Garki, Abuja but was denied access by the Buhari-led presidency