The alleged attempt of the life of Mr. Tukur, who recently announced his resignation from partisan politics, occurred along Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport area in Abuja while he was en route Owerri via Abuja Airport to receive an honorary doctorate degree award from the Federal University of Technology (FUTO) in Imo State.
According to Okpala, the incident happened as the convoy of Mr. Tukur, comprising four SUVs were driving to the airport, and a tinted Hilux van suddenly emerged and attempted to break into the convoy while heading towards the vehicle carrying the former PDP national chairman.
“But his security escort prevented this move”, Tukur’s media aide said.
Okpala explained further that the hilux had forcefully run into the convoy hitting and damaging three of the vehicles including that of Tukur in the process, adding, “Then the occupants of the hilux demanded that the door of the car should be opened and the occupant pulled out. The hilux’s occupants also fought to disarm the security aides of their guns and this met some resistance”.
In the process, the unidentified occupants of the hilux manhandled the policemen, but Alhaji Tukur and his driver cleverly escaped from the scene and successfully got to the airport.
However, the alleged assassins did not give up, according to Okpala, who further narrated that “As my boss alighted to board the aircraft, the same people again tried to reach him, possibly to execute their motive, but the airport security now joined his security details to subdue them before Tukur was quickly rushed to the departure hall”.
Okpala said they have notified the police of the development, but no arrest has been made.
It would be recalled that similar style “assassination” attempt was made on the life of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in Abuja and former President Goodluck Jonathan in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
While nothing has been heard of Ekweremadu’s incident since it came to public attention, the Bayelsa Police Command said former President Jonathan was a victim of mistaken identity, not a targeted attack, dismissing the alleged assassination attempt.