A House of Representatives member, Salihu Adamu, has narrowly escaped death following a mass beating by aggrieved youths in his constituency who vowed to beat him beyond recognition.
According to an eyewitness who spoke under anonymity, the lawmaker representing Bosso, Paiko Federal Constituency of Niger State, was said to have been lured to one of the villages in his constituency in the name of attending a ‘crucial’ political meeting.
Once the lawmaker’s presence was announced, the youths who were said to have haboured resentment against the politician because he had failed to visit them since he was elected almost two years ago descended on him and began to pummel his body.
The eyewitness said: “One of the youths first slapped him and another hit him in the stomach making him to fall to the ground.
“ It then became a free for all as every youth there tried to take their pound of flesh from the politician.”
The vehicle in which the lawmaker traveled in from Abuja was also damaged by the angry youths.
It took the intervention of men of the Niger State Police Command who were invited by some people at the scene of the incident for the lawmaker to be saved.
When contacted, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident.
“It was a politically motivated attack,” Elkana said.
He added that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.
The police spokesman also confirmed that the legislator was admitted to a private hospital in Minna before being moved to Kaduna.