Unknown gunmen attacked three members of the Nasarawa House of Assembly along Akwanga-Lafia road in the state on Wednesday, Nasarawa Police Command has confirmed.
The Nasarawa Police Spokesperson, Ramhan Nansel, stated that the lawmakers involved were Samuel Tsebe representing Akwanga South state constituency, David Maiyaki representing Karu/Gitata state constituency and Peter Akwe representing Obi 1 state constituency.
According to Nasel, the gunmen opened fire on their vehicles along the highway around 10am on Wednesday, adding that the three lawmakers narrowly escaped death.
He added that Akwe was leading in his car, followed by Maiyaki, while Tsebe was coming behind in his own car when the gunmen attacked them.
The police spokesman added that the commissioner of police has deployed officers of the anti-kidnapping unit to comb the area, and one suspect has been arrested.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the attack, Tsebe stated that the three lawmakers “narrowly escaped assassination” during the attack.
He said: “When we are approaching Wowyen village along Akwanga-Lafia road, that is between the police mobile training college at Ende hills, and the village towards the bridge, I heard gunshots at the driver’s side of my car. I was the one driving. The bullets broke the glasses of my car.
“The shots were targeted at the driver and I was the one driving. This gave me the suspicion that someone was monitoring my movement and knew that I was the one driving.