The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani Musa, escaped torment or even death when police arrested heavily armed men at his residence at Minna, Niger State.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator was reported to be in Minna for the coronation and presentation of staff of office to the Emir of Kagara, Ahmed Garba Gunna.
Sources said that he left the state for Abuja immediately after the event.
According to eyewitnesses on Sunday, the suspected assassins, as many as seven, forced themselves into the house but were overpowered by the security men on ground and a reinforcement team from Tudun-Wada police station.
“The Senator had proceeded to Abuja after attending the coronation and presentation of Staff of Office to the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna. But the gunmen came to the house.
“However, luck ran out on them when they were repelled and apprehended by heavily armed security men.
"Currently, they are being held in the custody,” one of the close allies told Daily Trust.
Niger State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident but said it was not an assassination attempt.
He said four suspects have been arrested for impersonation and criminal conspiracy while the others took their heels when they sighted the police reinforcement team.
“The fact of the incident is that on 03/12/2022 at about 1900hrs, based on a distress call received that some strange suspicious persons, driving a Toyota Sienna vehicle with Reg. No. FKJ 814 GP invaded the house of a Senator, located at Tudun-Wada, Minna.
"The Command immediately mobilised tactical teams to the scene.” he explained.
He gave the names of the four suspects as Oladele Peter Akano (49) of Kuruduma, Abuja, Abdul Salisu (31) of Gwagwalada, Abuja, Felix Clarkson (47) of Karo Abuja and Babagana Alhaji (39) of Chideri-Polo, Maiduguri
Abiodun said during interrogation, the suspects claimed that they were mobilised by one Sherrif, now at large, a purported whistleblower who reportedly claimed to be working with a security agency in Abuja.
“Sherrif invited Akano, who is a teacher in a private school at Abuja. He also invited Clarkson, an instructor in a private institute ‘INSMO’ Abuja, Salisu who is a plumber from Gwagwalada, provided hammer and chisel for house breaking and Babagana Alhaji, with five others presently at large.
“Suspects confessed further that Sherrif stated there are foreign currency and arms kept in the residence of the Politician, hence they travelled from Abuja to Minna for a purported execution of search without any warrant.” the Police Spokesman added.
Abiodun said on getting to the residence, the security operatives attached to the house suspected the fake team and raised alarm for reinforcement, while the Police operatives attached to Tudun-Wada Police Division and Anti-kidnapping team of the Command were drafted to the scene.
He said a Toyota Sienna vehicle was recovered while other suspects took to their heels on sighting the police reinforcement teams.
The suspects have been transferred to SCID Minna for investigation.