Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello was on Monday evening booed and held hostage by some angry youths in Minna, the state capital.
Governor Bello’s convoy had stopped to obey traffic light along the ever busy Bosso Road near the Obasanjo shopping complex where he was spotted by the youths.
The youths in their large number rushed towards the governor’s vehicle and began to make uncomplimentary and unprintable remarks about his poor handling of affairs of the state since his inauguration in May 29.
At a stage the governor, who was not comfortable with the remarks from the youths, lowered the side glass of his metallic black Prado jeep and began to exchange words with them.
The governor’s explanations fell on deaf ears as they became more vociferous in their remarks, accusing the governor of delaying civil servants’ salaries, a situation that was never witnessed during the last administration in the state.
Civil servants, they told the governor, were no longer receiving their salaries as at when due, thereby creating more hardship for them.
The youths also told the governor that since the inception of his administration water had stopped running in the taps within Minna and its environs.
The governor made spirited efforts to justify the policies of his administration when he told the youths that the government was still trying to put things right, but this didn’t go down well with the youths who chanted and booed the governor.
He blamed the slow pace of operations in the state on the ongoing investigations into the financial dealings of the last administration, telling the youths that once the investigation was completed things would move faster.
At this point the security attached to the governor’s convoy interrupted and they zoomed off from the scene.
When contacted on telephone, the chief press secretary to the governor, Jibrin Ndace denied that the governor was held hostage, claiming that it was the practice of his principal to stop any were there was crowd to get the people’s feelings.

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