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Photo: Police arrest touts who attacked Kogi governor at mosque

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The State police command have announced that it has arrested some of the thugs and miscreants who reportedly pelted governor Yahaya Bello and his convoy with stones and fruits at a Kogi mosque on Friday.

The Kogi state government has also issued a statement refuting media reports that Governor Yahaya Bello was on Friday stoned during Juma’at prayer at a mosque in the state.

“Our attention has been drawn to the unfortunate incident, which occurred during the Jumaat Prayer at the Lokoja Central Mosque to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the creation of Kogi State,” the statement, issued by Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, said.

“It was discovered that some sponsored miscreants caused a mild drama as they were caught with stones while one of them attacked one of the security aides of the Governor.

“The gallant market women at the Lokoja Old Market accosted the perpetrators and stopped them from absconding from the scene in solidarity with the Governor.

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“The Governor wishes to thank the market women and security agencies, who rose to the occasion to protect lives and property at the scene of the unfortunate incident. No life was lost and no serious injury was recorded.

“We can also confirm that arrests have been made and those arrested are already giving useful information to security agents investigating the politically motivated attack at the Mosque.

“Governor Yahaya Bello has also urged his supporters to remain calm and not take the law into their hands as he remained committed to the cardinal ideals of his administration. Imported and sponsored miscreants, who have infiltrated the state from neighbouring states should know that Kogi is prepared to protect her citizens from desperate politicians who think they can turn the state to a war zone. The people of Kogi will be protected.

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