Security operatives attached to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State repelled an armed robbery gang who attempted to intercept the governor’s convoy on Monday.
The incident reportedly occurred on Monday morning at Erua Village near the Jehovah’s Witness international headquarters in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State.
The governor’s convoy was said to be moving slowly without siren, according to a security source attached to the governor, who is also the candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) for the September 19, 2020 Governorship election.
The hoodlums who laid siege few metres away from a police checkpoint, were said to have mistaken the convoy for a prominent personality had set a fallen tree to block the road apparently to rob motorists and commuters on the road.
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 incident happened about 10 minutes before the PDP campaign train had a meeting with Council of Dukes (Enigie) in Uhunmwode Local Government Area before the commencement of the Ward-to-Ward campaign in the Uhunmwode Local Government Area.
According to the security source who witnessed the incident “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, they fell a tree.
“While we were thinking of what to do, they fired a gunshot. We had to jump out and repell those miscreants”, he said.