Godwin AJOM, Calabar
A former Niger Delta Minister, Hon. Usani Uguru Usani, has explained how he escaped an assassination attempt, last weekend, by unknown assailants in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.
The incident, TNN learnt, happened at his residence at State Housing Estate Calabar, while the former Minister was driving to catch his flight to Abuja.
Reports gathered from eyewitnesses revealed that the assailants, numbering about seven, armed with short guns concealed in an envelope, had positioned themselves in strategic locations around the street leading to the premises of Usani’s home.
Confirming the incident, Usani said, “we were able to outsmart them by the grace of God and quickly drove away before they could carry out their plan. I give God all the thanks.”
An aide to the former Minister, Mr. Ofem Bassey explained that “a group of about seven young guys, positioned themselves in a manner, nobody ever suspected anything. A vehicle was parked outside the former APC State Secretariat by Marian Road, Calabar, with two guys standing close by, while another person was inside handling the steering.
“Two other guys were seen close to the Minister’s gate who were mistaken for some of his supporters as each time he is in Calabar his house is always besieged by his supporters. The other two stood by the entrance of a newly built luxury hotel close to his street.
“What foiled their attempt was that unknown to the assailants, some of the persons by the former Minister’s gate were plain cloth security agents and his security-conscious supporters.
“Immediately the two suspected assailants approached and attempted to pull out a gun, the security men and supporters resisted them and raised an alarm that made the assailants take to their heels immediately.”