The family of injured Governor Idris Wada of Kogi is suspicious that the auto crash that broke Mr. Wada’s leg, killed his security aide and injured two other state officials was masterminded by “unknown forces” to kill the governor.
“We have no doubt that the governor was the target of their machination,” a family source said. “They want to kill him. They want to eliminate him at all cost.”
The source, who preferred not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, repeatedly declined who to name those the family believe were behind the accident.
He only kept saying the accident was not ordinary.
He said it was curious that even though several vehicles were in the convoy, only the governor’s car was affected.
Even when reminded that only the governor’s car had a burst tyre, he said, “Yes, his car had a burst tyre and veered off the road. Why is it that the cars behind didn’t ram into him. Nothing happened to all the other cars in the convoy.”
The source went on to explain that the Kogi governor’s car is a bullet proof Lexus Jeep, and that an ordinary accident wouldn’t trigger the magnitude of impact the car suffered.
“It was a state-of-the art car and everything in it was bullet proof, the windscreen, the body and other parts. It was fortified against this kind of crash,” he added. “How come everything failed? It is now clear that the governor’s life is at risk.”
But when contacted, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Jacob Edi, said he was not aware that anybody was after the governor’s life.
He said although there might be some disgruntled politicians in Kogi State, he was not sure that anyone would go to the “ridiculous extent of trying to kill the governor”.
“All I know is that we were in a convoy and there was an accident,” Mr. Edi said. “I leave the rest of the decision to the police and the Federal Road Safety Commission.”
On Friday, along the Lokoja-Ajaokuta highway, Mr. Idris’ convoy got involved in a fatal auto crash that killed his security aide, Idris Mohammed, on the spot and injured two other officials.
Doctors at the Lokoja Specialist Hospital, where Mr. Wada first received treatment, said his leg is “totally broken.”
Mr. Wada was later rushed to Cedar Crest Hospital, a private clinic in Abuja, where he is receiving treatment.
Family sources said the Kogi governor might still be flown abroad if the hospital proved incapable of handling his case.