Leadership (Abuja)

24 October 2009

Nigeria: Attahiru Bafarawa's Convoy Attacked

Sokoto — The convoy of former Sokoto State governor and DPP presidential candidate in the last April general election election, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa was yesterday allegedly attacked at the Sultan Muhammadu Maccido Institute for Islamic Studies Jummat mosque in Sokoto, with the DPP governorship candidate, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi alleging that there was an attempt to assassinate him.

The unidentified attack left Dingyadi's car windscreen smashed. The former governor and his loyalists were returning to his house after performing the Friday prayer at the Sultan Maccido Institute for Qur'an and General Studies, Sokoto when the incident occurred.

Speaking on the incident, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi explained, "We just went for Jummat prayers and after we came out, as usual, supporters of our party were greeting Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa when suddenly, some people from nowhere started beating our people within the vicinity of the Jummat mosque. Of all places to organise this kind of unfortunate thing! It is most unfortunate, it is most unbecoming, it is most unislamic."

He continued "My own personal car was attacked, it was damaged. We know the people who did it, we know the people who organised it and we are making arrangements to make a formal complaint to the state police headquarters, to ensure that all those concerned are brought to book."

He alleged that most of those who attacked them were" leaders of area boys of PDP".

"Maybe some people were after my life, otherwise, how could they single out my vehicle for attack?" he said.

But the PDP chairman, Sokoto North, Alhaji Muhammadu Dangogo, said the PDP had no hand in the attack: "The party has nothing to do with it."

He added "This is just a different ploy altogether. We have tried our best to protect ourselves from such ploys, but to no avail. In the first place, Bafarawa is not a governor, senator or member of the House of Representatives. Why should he be going about in a convoy whenever he is in town? By so doing, he could be provoking some people and when an attack comes, they would say it is the PDP."

Alhaji Dangogo said that the attack could have been a manifestation of internal rivalry within the DPP, pointing out that "they have internal party wranglings.The intra-party crisis within the DPP is even more fierce than the problem between DPP and PDP."

The Police public relations officer, Sokoto Command, ASP Muhammad Dakingari, said the command had received the report of the incident and that they are investigating the matter. He however said no arrest had been made.

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