Senator Clifford Ordia on Monday April 26, survived two attacks launched against him by unknown gunmen.
The senator representing Edo Central in the upper legislative chamber, was attacked twice along Okene-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abuja roads while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo State.
Recounting how the incident played out, Ordia mentioned that three of the security officers attached to his convoy sustained gunshot injuries.
The Edo Senator said;
“We were coming from Edo State, somewhere between Okene and Lokoja, when we met these suspected bandits. They opened fire on my convoy. The gallant policemen had to immediately return fire.
“The other security vehicle behind had to immediately join them and they were able to repel the suspected bandits. During the exchange, three of the policemen sustained gun wounds. One of them was critically injured. We had to immediately rush them to a Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, Kogi State.
“They did their best and was able to stabilise them. I’d to immediately put a call across the Federal Medical Centre in Abuja to be on standby. One of the policemen had a bullet lodged close to his liver.
“We met another setback around Abaji. There was traffic because of the incidence and because we had to save the lives of the wounded policemen, we decided to make a move. They opened fire on us. Some vigilantes had to join the policemen and they were chased into the bush.
“That was how I survived that attack. If you see all my vehicles, you’ll see how the bullets damaged them. But I’m glad that we all survived. I must salute the gallantry of our policemen. If given the right equipment, they can do a lot and protect Nigerians.”
Pointing out that no one is safe anymore, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts called for restructuring of the security architecture of the country.