The senator representing Gombe Central, Danjuma Goje, has written a letter of complaint to the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, requesting an investigation into the attack on him on Friday while he was in his state.
He also petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba.
Naija News understands that the letter written by Goje’s lawyer VC Nwadike was dated November 8.
In his complaint, the lawyer said the attack was an assassination attempt on Goje and his personal Assistant, Adamu Manga.
A scuffle broke out on Friday between supporters of Senator Goje and thugs believed to be loyalist of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa.
In the petition, the lawyer, fingered the state governor’s ADC, Zulaidaini Abba and Sani Bajoga, the governor’s CSO, as brains behind the attack.
“On their way to our client’s home, his personal Assistant and others with them were brutally attacked with guns, cutlass and other dangerous weapons by SP Zulaidaini Abba and Sani Bajoga, CSO to the governor of Gombe state.”
“It was by whiskers and the Grace of Allah that our client escaped death, but his personal Assistant was not lucky as he was seriously injured by the attackers with cutlasses.”
“At a place near the Gombe International Airport Conference Center, Bauchi-Gombe federal highway, ADC and CSO leading Kawu Keep, Sanusi Attacker, Danjuma Skade and many others came with several vehicles belonging to the government house and numerous thugs behind them.”
“The officers with aid of the Vehicles of the government, blocked the highway, stopped the movement of our client and those with him for hours. The ADC and the CSO commanded the numerous thugs bearing matches, short axes, knives, different shaped hard and dried sticks hitherto shielded by them, to attack our client and those with him.
“Our client was fortunate not to be killed but his personal Assistant, Adamu Manga in the same vehicle with our client received several matchet cuts aimed at shoulder level under the supposition that our client was the one being macheted.”
Gombe govt reacts
In statement by the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Julius Lepes, the state government blamed Senator Goje for the loss of lives and properties destroyed in the fracas.
The statement by Lepes partly reads, “Gombe State has been witnessing relative peace and harmony due largely to the determination and avowed commitment of Governor Inuwa Yahaya in that direction.
“Therefore, the government would not stand by and watch desperate politicians unleash terror and violence on innocent citizens to the extent of getting people killed.
“Government will make sure that perpetrators of the unfortunate act, no matter how highly-placed, are brought to book.”
Goje’s daughter resigns
Dr. Hussaina Goje, daughter of Senator Goje, has resigned as the state commissioner of Environment and Forest Resources.
Dr Goje tendered her resignation on Saturday evening, a move that appears to be linked to the ongoing feud between her father and Governor Inuwa Yahaya.
She resigned the day after the attack on her father, who was prevented from entering Gombe by some political thugs, leading to a rift between his supporters and the other party.