Hon James Faleke has escaped death after unknown gunmen tried to assassinate him along Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
House of Representatives member, Hon James Abiodun Faleke
House of Representatives member, Hon James Abiodun Faleke will count himself lucky as he barely escaped being assassinated on Sunday, November 6, 2016. The SUV conveying him from Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, to Abuja, was riddled with bullets during the attack by some unidentified gunmen.
The visibly shaken Faleke disclosed this himself in a report he lodged at the Gwagwalada Police Division in Abuja. Police reports indicate the lawmaker was attacked between 7pm and 7.30pm on Sunday November 6.
The bullets hit the front windshield of his bullet-proof vehicle thrice before the first bridge at Gwagwalada.
In his words: "I was returning from Kogi state on November 6 and my vehicle was shot at the first bridge in Gwagwalada, which is under construction between 7pm and 7.30pm.
"About three bullets hit my jeep, but thank God, it was a bulletproof car. The bullets cracked the windscreen but did not penetrate. I’m grateful to God for the life of my driver, orderly and myself. We reported the incident to the Police Division in Gwagwalada, FCT."
Faleke was the running mate to the Kogi state All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the November 21, 2015 election, the late Prince Abubakar Audu. He was set to become deputy governor of Kogi before Audu’s unfortunate death.