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Lokoja Residents Pelt Gov. Bello with Stones, Rotten Fruits


Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, got a raw deal in the hands of residents of Lokoja, the state capital, Friday, when he was said to have been jeered and pelted with stones after the Jumat prayer.
The aggrieved residents were alleged to have hurled stones at him, as he emerged from a mosque where he observed Jumat prayer.
It is not immediately clear why the residents attacked their Governor, but witnesses said the incident occurred at the Lokoja Central Mosque in the old market area of the capital.
A source who confirmed the development said the disgruntled persons also carried few placards while chanting anti-government slogans.
The source also said Bello was pelted with rotten fruits and vegetables.
The Police used teargas to disperse the crowd, it was learnt.
“The situation in this state is even worse than what the residents are doing. The situation is pathetic,” the source said.
An official in the state said that was the second time in two weeks the Governor would be so attacked as complaints mount about the depreciating living conditions in the state.
“He recently attended an event in Ankpa, and residents there defied heavy security to stone him,” the official said. “We don’t understand what’s going on.”

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