Daily Trust (Abuja)

30 June 2009

Nigeria: Baido Alleges Assassination Attempt

Jalingo — The substituted PDP governorship candidate during the 2007 elections in Taraba State, Mr. Danladi Baido, at the weekend, raised alarm over an alleged attempt to assassinate him, even as he pointed accusing fingers at his political rival, Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State.

Baido who spoke to our correspondent on telephone said he was travelling from Jos to Abuja on Sunday afternoon when the attempt to eliminate him was made.

"I was travelling with my driver between Akwanga and Keffi on my way to Abuja in my Toyota wagon when a black CRV drove past and opened fire," Baido said.

According to him he narrowly escaped death as one of the bullets pierced through and shattered his windscreen, adding that he and his driver survived the attempt.

He said the matter has since been reported to the FCT Police command, Abuja for investigation.

Meanwhile Baido is pointing accusing fingers at Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State of masterminding the attempt to assassinate him.

"Remember that not too long ago he [Danbaba] declared war on me and threatened to deal with me and my family. This incident is a clear indication that his is bent on carrying out his threat", Baido said.

Baido said following the Governor's threat to his life, he had petitioned the Inspector General of Police [IGP] requesting for protection and investigation but nothing was done about the matter.

But in a swift reaction to the alleged assassination attempt by Baido, Governor Danbaba Suntai, described it as a mere false alarm saying he cannot descend to the level of taking Baido's life.

Danbaba who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Giwa said Baido was merely crying wolf where there was none.

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