Ex-President Jonathan Was Victim Of Mistaken Identity, Not Targeted Attack, Says Police

Reports earlier today in the social and traditional media thatformer President Goodluck Jonathan was attacked in Bayelsa State, has been refuted by the state police command.

The Bayelsa police command on Monday blamed mischievous persons for peddling the rumour, explaining that the purported attackers mistook the ex-president’s convoy for one of the governorship candidates in the forthcoming election in the state.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Butswat Asinim, said the youths in typical fashion, followed the convoy, perhaps to demand their share of the political largesse, only for them to discover it belonged to Jonathan.

The police spokesman said on realising it was the convoy of Mr. Jonathan, the youths who had followed him up to his house in the Kpansia area of Yenagoa, the state capital, withdrew and took to their heels.

They were however, arrested by security operativesattached to Mr. Jonathan, who pursued and caught some of them.

He said: “There was no attack on the former president. The youths mistook his convoy for a governorship candidateengaging in campaigns.

“But when they discovered on getting to the entrance of his house in Yenagoa that it was that of the president, they ran away. Some of them were arrested. They did not haul stones at the president’s convoy. They did not attack the convoy and no weapon was found on them”, ASP Asinim explained.