Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has claimed the accident involving his convoy on Tuesday in Edo State was actually an assassination attempt on his life.
He narrated that while he was lucky to escape unhurt, the violence targeted at him and those around him in recent times has made him cry out for safety.
It will be recalled as previously reported by Naija News that Oshiomhole and his convoy were involved in a car accident on Tuesday at Oluku junction while heading for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship campaign in Usen community.
Two policemen were killed in the accident, two others were injured while vehicles in the convoy including the one conveying Oshiomhole himself were damaged.
Though Oshiomhole escaped unhurt, the former APC National Chairman, in a statement later on Tuesday evening by his media aide, Victor Oshioke, lamented that he was the target. He also implored security agencies to unravel the mystery behind the accident.
He commiserated with the family of those who lost their lives and prayed for the quick recovery of others who sustained injuries and are receiving treatment.
The statement reads “Some minutes after 12 pm today Tuesday September 1, 2020, there was a motor accident involving the convoy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, along Benin Lagos by-pass before Oluku junction”.
“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 7 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”.
“It is pertinent to state, without fear of contradiction, that the convoy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was maintaining legal speed limits when this incident occurred. This explains why the trailer, travelling in the same direction over ran the Hilux truck off the road and still hit the SUV carrying Comrade Oshiomhole, causing substantial damage”.
“Without prejudice to police investigations, eyewitnesses account of the incident 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”.
“While we pray for the quick recovery of the injured policemen, we extend our condolences to the families of the departed.”
Comrade Oshiomhole who has visited the hospitalized victims of the accident called on security agents to unravel the circumstances surrounding the accident and bring perpetrators to justice.
“The case was immediately reported at the Ekiadolor Police Station, and investigations are ongoing”.
“Finally we call on the security agencies to do everything possible to unravel the circumstances surrounding this incident, especially because of the threat to the life of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the violence which has been directed towards him and those around him in recent times,” the statement noted.