Zamfara: The chairman of an anti-terrorist organisation claims he was the target of an assassination attempt.

Mohammed Bello Bakyasuwa, the chairman of Zamfara State's Anti-Theft Agency, said he narrowly avoided assassination on his way to Kaduna.

Bakyasuwa, a retired soldier, claimed that some politicians hired assassins to kill him and that he would have been killed if it hadn't been for security operatives in Katsina State who rescued him.

This was stated in a press statement signed by him and made available to journalists in Gusau, the state capital.

He recounted his ordeal thus: “I narrowly escaped death along Funtua-Zaria road on my way to Kaduna with my Hilux car four days ago.

“I noticed that two vehicles, Hilux and BMW, were behind me. I stopped at Yankara security checkpoint and the two vehicles continued. I continue with my journey. After I passed Funtua around 8:30 pm, there is one community called Gangara along Funtua-Zaria road, I noticed that the Hilux and BMW vehicles were chasing me. Eventually, the BMW vehicle double-crossed and forcefully stopped me on the road.

“The people inside the two vehicles started shooting at my vehicle. We spent a few minutes exchanging fire with them.

“I jumped out of my Hilux after which I sustained dislocation on my leg and injuries on my face. But those in the Hilux continued shooting. I was able to escape and ran inside a bush, bleeding all over my body.

“After about 15 minutes, a police Hilux arrived at the place and quickly rescued me and took me to one Primary Health Care at a nearby village.

“After receiving treatment in the clinic, I slept in the village, in the morning my driver who met me in the village took me to Kaduna for further treatment.

“As a result of that, my Hilux vehicle was seriously damaged. Currently, I am receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.”

Bakyasuwa alleged: “I believe that my attackers are sponsored by politicians. I recall that a few months ago, gunmen also attacked my driver in Gusau on his way from Command Guest Inn to Anguwar Gwaza [where] they went with my office Hilux vehicle.

“I am calling on security agencies to come to my aid as my life is in danger. I am appealing to them to investigate and arrest the perpetrators of my attacks.”


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