Senator Clifford Ordia, PDP, Edo Central has called for a major overhaul of the country’s security architecture after surviving two different gunmen attacks traveling from his constituency to Abuja within 24 hours.
The attacks on Monday left the senator’s vehicles riddled with bullets while three policemen on his entourage suffered gun wounds with one in critical condition in an Abuja hospital.
Senator Ordia said the first attack happened between Okene-Lokoja while the second took place near Abaji in the Federal Capital Territory all on Monday.
He said that though he escaped unhurt, he, however, praised the gallantry of the policemen on his entourage saying that they would do better if better equipped.
Senator Ordia who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, while briefing newsmen 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.
Senator Ordia going further explained how his entourage encountered the second of the gunmen attacks at Abaji.
“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.”