Salihu Adamu, representing Bosso and Paiko federal constituencies of Niger State in the House of Representatives, has been beaten to a coma by aggrieved youths in his constituency.
The lawmaker had driven into one of the villages in his constituency for a political meeting when he was attacked. After the attack, the lawmaker was initially rushed to a private hospital, following the injuries he sustained in the attack, but was later transferred to another hospital in Kaduna for further treatment.
It was learnt that the prompt intervention by the policemen who were called by some sympathizers saved the politician from being lynched. According to an undisclosed source, the youths accused Mr. Adamu of not attending political meetings since he was elected about two years ago. “The youths told the lawmaker to leave the venue of the meeting, saying they would attack him if he did not. One of the youths slapped him while another hit him in the stomach. This made him to fall. It later became a free-for-all as every youth there tried to beat him,” the source stated.
The Niger state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident, saying “it was a politically motivated attack.” He also added that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident. The police spokesman also confirmed that the lawmaker was admitted to a private hospital in Minna before being moved to Kaduna.
Source: Punch Newspaper