On Tuesday, two policemen attached to ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole lost their lives as a truck lost control and ran into Oshiomhole’s convoy.
The accident happened near Oluku junction, in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.
The former APC National Chairman was on his way to Usen where he was supposed to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign ahead of the forthcoming Edo Governorship Election.
The accident forced the APC Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to call off his rally in Usen.
Confirming the accident, Oshiomhole’s media team said; “The convoy was headed to Usen Community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, where Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was expected to appear at a campaign rally alongside Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC governorship candidate in the September 19, 2020 election in the state, when a trailer driving in the same direction veered off its course, hit the back up Toyota Hilux vehicle carrying seven policemen, forcing it off the road into the bush and rammed into the Sports Utility vehicle carrying Comrade Oshiomhole, causing substantial damage.
“We are sad to report that two police personnel in the Toyota Hilux truck lost their lives while two others are in critical condition receiving treatment at a hospital in the state. Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other persons in the convoy , apart from those indicated above, did not sustain any injuries.”
“Without prejudice to police investigations, eyewitnesses accounts suggest, and we believe rightly too, that this was an assassination attempt targeting Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. It is painful that innocent policemen performing their legal duties lost their lives in this very unfortunate incident,” the statement added.
The Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, John Mayaki, in another statement said that it was suspending the scheduled event to honour the two policemen.
Mayaki further condoled with the families of the victims.
Reacting to the accident, Governor Godwin Obaseki condoled with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, and his challenger, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, over the accident.
“I received the news of the accident with shock and commiserate with the former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu. over the very unfortunate incident involving their security aides and top chieftains of the party in the campaign team,” Obaseki said.
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