Senator representing Edo Central, Clifford Ordia, has opened up on his close shave with death, on Monday.
Senator Ordia who is Chairman Senate committee on Local and Foreign Debts was attacked twice by suspected bandits along Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads while returning from his home state of Edo.
Senator Ordia told newsmen that his personal vehicle was riddled with bullets while three policemen attached to him sustained gunshot wounds.
Narrating his ordeal, he said: “We were coming from Edo State, somewhere between Okenne 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 had to immediately put a call across to 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 incident 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.”
Senator Ordia who said he was seriously traumatised by his experience called for proactive measures from the Federal Government to stem the tide of kidnappings, killings of innocent Nigerians by bandits.
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