House of Reps member representating Bosso and Paiko constituencies of Niger State, Hon. Salihu Adamu, has been beaten into a coma by aggrieved youths in his constituency.
The lawmaker was first rushed to a private hospital, following injuries he sustained in the attack.
Hon. Adamu was later transferred to another hospital in Kaduna for further treatment. A source said that the lawmaker’s vehicle was damaged by the angry youths.
Some sympathisers called the police when the youths were attacking the lawmaker. Policemen who swooped on the area saved the politician from being lynched.
Adamu had driven into a villages in his constituency for a political meeting when he was attacked.
It was gathered that the youths accused the politician of not attending political meetings since he was elected about two years ago.
A source told Punch that the youths asked the lawmaker to leave the venue of the meeting, saying they would attack him if he did not.
“One of the youths slapped him while another hit him in the stomach. This made him to fall. It later became a free-for-all as every youth there tried to beat him,” a source said.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident.
“It was a politically motivated attack,” Elkana said, adding that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.