How my predecessor sent assassins after me — Gombe Governor

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo
Gombe Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state has accused his predecessor in office, Danjuma Goje, of sending political thugs, known as “Kalare Boys” to assassinate him when he visited Kashere town on a courtesy call to the federal university there.

The governor was reacting to a statement released by the All Progressives Congress [APC] on Saturday in which it accused Mr. Dankwambo of clamping down on APC members in the state and ordering the destruction of properties of the former governor and also arresting members of his family.

Mr. Dankwambo visited Kashere, the home town of Mr. Goje on Thursday.

“During his visit, Gov. Dankwambo personally ordered the removal of all APC billboards and posters in the town, ordered the police and the army to break into Senator Goje’s family house, where they broke down doors, teargased and arrested his relations, including children.

“The governor also ordered the same security forces to break into the family house of Senator Goje’s wife, where they similarly destroyed doors and teargased the occupants, including the 90-year-old father of Senator Goje’s wife and the Senator’s wife’s 70-year-old stepmother, while all her sisters and brothers were arrested,” the APC said in its release by its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed.

Governor Dankwambo, however, denied the allegation, saying on the contrary, Mr. Goje was the one who ordered an attack on him.

The governor’s spokesperson, Junaid Mohammed, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone said “what happened on Thursday was simply a case of assassination attempt on his excellency, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo”.

Mr. Mohammed also said Mr. Dankwambo was in Kashere on a courtesy call to the federal University on the invitation of the Vice Chancelor.

He also said the governor’s visit was conducted peacefully at the University, but trouble started when he decided to visit the palace of the traditional ruler of the town.

“As is the tradition, the governor decided to visit the palace of the emir to pay homage, but our convoy was attacked by Kalare thugs near the roundabout right in front of the Police Station,

“The vehicle I was travelling in was the one that was first attacked because we were in front of the governor’s car, but they did not spare the governor’s vehicle and threw all sorts of objects at it. They destroyed the side glass where he was seated.

“In all of this, the governor ordered that no one should be maltreated,” Mr. Mohammed said.

He also denied that the governor ordered the arrest of members of Mr. Goje’s family.

He said all those who presently in custody were simply invited by the police, who as expected, launched an investigation into the incident.

“You know the police will not allow an attempt on the life of even a sitting Local Government Councillor, not to talk of an executive governor. So they have begun investigation into the matter and have therefore, invited some persons in that regard,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed also debunked insinuations that Mr. Dankwambo was planning to relocate the University from the town.

He said the governor, while serving as the Accountant General of the Federation, alongside many indigenes of Gombe state in the Federal cabinet, lobbied President Jonathan for the citing of the university in the state.


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  • Ebubedike

    Interesting. Jonathan has been repeatedly called weak because he never uses the big stick when the opposition insults him. Maybe this is the way to go with the rats and cockroaches.

    • King Carlos

      I can’t believe you just used those words. Do you know the implication of what you just did? You guys should just watch the kinda words you use for fellow Nigerians. We have no other country to call home.

      • Oleku

        Is Nigeria a country? Well, if you don’t have any other place to call home I have Biafra; the land of the risen sun to call home. Nigeria has never been a home

        • D1

          I bet you don’t even live in the east. You are somewhere in Lagos writing rubbish, Biafra ko Biafra ni!

          • Oleku

            I don’t live in your swampy Lagos, I can’t cope with the life there but even if I lived there what’s the big deal? I have the right to live in any part of the so called contraption ati Nigeria until it official disintegration–besides Lagos was build with proceeds from my ancestral back yard oil so close your parasitic mouth-mumu

          • D1

            Then Sambisa forest would suit you fine, Alakori!

        • Otile

          They have their Oduduwa Republic only that most of them are in denial.

    • Jika

      Be careful what you wish for.God bless.

  • Jika

    In the final analysis,both parties in this case should realize that power is transient.May God give us peace in the land.

  • kamal

    That is very true, goje had been a thug all his life, so mean, so wicked and very useless, known 4 his notorious kalare thugs. May Allah stand 4 u Dankwambo

  • Salisu James

    This are antics of Danjuma Goje, he will organise and attack only to turn around and start crying foul………he will run to the police and the press as demonstrated now……don’t forget Gombe had the worst civilian dictator in the person of Goje when he was the Gov. operating the dreaded Kalare militia…..many many lives of Gombe citizens were lost during Goje’s tenure as Gov. in Gombe. Now APC in Gombe is synonymous to APC Kalare.

  • Maria


    “Jonathan’s agents carried out two bombings – Okah insists “Diezani called me 20 times to be made minister”…Punch

    • Oleku

      Of what relevance is quoting an APC tabloid ati The Punch–why are you so petite?

    • Otile

      Maria, what are you trying to do? You want to start a war? I thought you were a Christian.

      • PROF

        MALLAM MARIA .LOL

        • Magenta

          Maria has right to objective thinking not a maroon like u

          • PROF

            This is what we get when we let ‘maroon’ come online .Haba magneta 🙂

      • Maria

        Nothing in my post suggests I am not a christian and am not supporting any candidate based on religion. I am supporting based on my rights as a Nigerian and not as a christian. Let me remind you, I am an Anglican…and I am proud to be.

  • Otile

    Our young soldiers should not risk their lives to fight Mohammedans any more.
    They should allow the Mohammedans to kill their own people if that is
    what sharia calls for.

  • Alfie

    Can you imagine Nigerians being racists in their own country and against their own peoples? That is how uncivilised we are. The matter is between two Hausa anarchists, yet Biafra and Oduduwa fake ambassadors jumped in. No reasonable comments on the real issue, rather on how Nigeria should disintegrate. We have been poor together, we will be worse off when we break apart. The. Modern-day Nigeria is not built to work as fragments, and our traditional leaders even never ever worked together. Can you count the number of communal clashes within the same tribe in Nigeria today? These are not foreign wars, rather wars between neighbours and people who share the same culture.

    We all have a trace of intra-tribe anarchism in our communities, but the biafrans are the most unnited in Nigeria. If Biafra land is that prosperous and stable, why are biafrans flung and scattered all over nigeria, even in th land of th baboons and the goons they claimed had oppressed them for eternity? Some biafrans have not been home for 20 years. Many biafrans are born outside Biafra as Nigerians and never as Biafrans. Even if there arises a biafran nation, be ready to have 1000 republics within that in a matter of hours. Why is unity an impossible su chess in our land?

    We can all live together in peace, perhaps by reconstructing the engineering of our own sociology. Guys what do thou think?

    • Isi Agwo

      Bla, bla, bla. End the fake nation.

    • Otile

      If you ask me, I’ll tell you it is in the interest of everybody that Nigeria disintegrate into its natural disparate nations. Oil is the only reason you are faking one Nigeria. We got nothing in common, and you know it.

      The situation of Biafra you described here is akin to the history of Israel. The people of God suffer many tribulations and yet God loves them and makes them prosperous. The Lord allows his people to scatter over the surface of the earth to teach them important lessons of salvation, we Biafrans know this. You outsiders you will never understand.

      Yes, indeed Israel suffered at the hands of the godless, they called the name of the Creator, He answered them and brought them home and comforted them. It is in vain that you mock Biafrans, God has heard their cries and is calling them home. Right now things are changing for better. Despite Nigeria’s inhumanity to Biafrans, Biafran homeland is no worse than the mud houses of the oppressors. Come to Biafra and surprise yourself, come and feast your eyes, Alfie.

  • Realnigerian

    a former accountant general that stole billions, now a governor of a state … what do you expect?

  • Usman

    Fiction, how on Nigerias soil would a former governor got that audacity

  • Spoken word

    A pack of lies.he is just jittery about his upcoming loss in the election.

  • mallam mahdi

    He and his oga should be ready to reap what they sowed. People simply said we hate you by stonning the devil

  • mallam mahdi

    The accountant general that signs 100 million 100 times as 100 million in a day under Jonathan