A woman on wheelchair attempted suicide
in front of President Muhammadu Buhari’s covoy on Tuesday when the
number one citizen visited Edo state to attend the APC Governorship
grand finale campaign rally, an eyewitness confirmed to Breeze
The drama was said to have happened
around House of Assembly complex by Airport road Juncture in Benin, Edo
state capital when the woman ambushed the President’s convoy, lamenting
her poor living condition.
The eyewitness who identified himself as
Jude Chinedu KBS, a student of Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra state
said he witnessed the ”unimaginable…”
Narrating the incident, Chinedu said;
“There was heavy military presence in King Square early this morning
(Tuesday) as president Buhari was coming to join the Grand finale of
Godwin Obaseki’s campaign for the September 10th gubernatorial elections
in Edo State. Soon they started redirecting vehicles and in a matter of
minutes Ring Road was locked down, no vehicular movement around the
Square aside Police patrol vans.
“I was beside the State House of
assembly by Airport road Juncture, the only side without any military
presence, adding that “just a hand full of unarmed policemen and civil
defense where there..
“Soon two Hilux Jeep with a road closed
sign painted on top was (sic) coming with speed and the security
personnel immediately ordered everyone to move to the walk way and not
cross the road.
“In less than 60 seconds, the
president’s convoy starts appearing from the curved corner of Airport
road, they were not on the usual neck breaking speed that is the custom
of Nigerian political class, the eyewitness said.
According to him, the convoy “was slow
enough for you to get a good look of every single vehicle in the convoy
yet fast enough for you not to be able to catch up with it in a race.
“As the convoy gets close to the house
of assembly complex, this woman on wheelchair appears from no where and
starts wheeling herself right across the road, he said.
The Eyewitness said; “The Jeep in front
stops immediately. I was expecting some armed security men to jump out
and teach the woman a lesson for daring to ambush the president but they
actually stopped for the woman on wheelchair to cross!! adding ”I was
According to him, It is suicidal to attempt crossing the road when a Nigerian politician is passing.
He continued; “When the jeep stopped for
the woman to cross, the woman stopped too…and it (sic) those splits
seconds the driver of the Jeep seemed indecisive. Angry looking Mopol
soon jumped downed from one of the Hilux vans and charged toward the
Jeep in from to know why it stopped suddenly, same time a policeman
dashed for the woman on the wheelchair and pulled her back.
The eyewitness told Breeze Reporters that all the drama happened in less than two minutes.
“It was when the woman grabbed the
uniform of the policeman by the collar, refusing to let go and shouting
“una know as i take dey eat…I no dey fit buy food again…Buhari no go
pass..make una leave me make i die.”
According to Chinedu, the woman was held back till the president’s convoy passed.
On why the woman would attempt suicide
in front of the president’s convoy, the Eyewitness said; I don’t know if
i should call it desperation or bravery, honestly i don’t know which.
But I think some Nigerians are becoming more daring. The economy is
pushing people to the walls.
“I am sure the president will never get
to hear that a woman on wheelchair attempted suicide on his convoy in
Benin city, he added.
“It was right in front of me that it happened, he reiterated when scrutinised by Breeze Reporters correspondent.