The adage, which says, the rich also cry, best describes the situation which Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Bala James Ngilari, has found himself lately. The development underscores the state of insecurity in the country. Briefing reporters in Yola on his ordeal yesterday, Mr. Ngilari, a lawyer, said that the series of attacks that occurred in his country home, Madagali, in which 11 people including his two aides lost their lives, were actually targeted at him. Ngilari, who spoke on the attacks to newsmen, also disclosed that the assassins trailed him to his house in Abuja but met his absence.
He said the gunmen, however, kidnapped his 15-year-old daughter from the house for over two hours and relayed their mission to her. According to him, the daughter was told that they would go after her father and the entire family in Jos next Saturday, April 13, during the wedding of Ngilari’s daughter. The deputy governor said: “My life is in danger as well as my family. Assassins are highly bent on eliminating me, I don’t know what I have done to warrant people threatening to kill me.” He said the assassins drove his daughter around Abuja for over two hours, telling her nasty things before she was later dumped somewhere in the city.
The daughter was able to trace their residence. The deputy governor, who addressed reporters barely five days after the attacks, said the assassins at about 7:30pm stormed his house, asked after him, but couldn’t find him. He said further that his daughter was thrown out of a moving vehicle somewhere in Abuja at about 10:00pm. Relaying her almost three-hour experiences to her father, Miss Ngilari said she was interrogated by her attackers, who told her that they would trace him to Jos next Saturday where the deputy governor would give out daughter in marriage.
The deputy governor debunked the insinuation that the attacks at his private residence in Madagali were carried out by Boko Haram, dismissing any religious connection, but rather political, wondering why would the political class kill opponents in the name of politics.