It was a dramatic moment when a some physically challenged beggars held four Nigerian Governors convoy hostage behind the exit routes of Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin City.
Governors of Oyo, Seyi Makimde, Mohammed Bala (Bauchi), Mr Godwin Obaseki (Edo) and Bello Matawalle (Yobe) caught napping in a gridlock that temporarily paralysed traffic operations in the area.
A witness said Governor Matawalle was in front of other Governors who were all heading to Edo State Government house in order to catch up with their various schedule at dawn when they ran into beggars numbering seven at the early hours of Friday.
The blockade of the convoy by the physically challenged persons who kept vigil during the Edo 2020 gubernatorial primary election of the Peoples Democratic party in chief Governor Godwin Obaseki emerged the Candidate of the party,
The witness hinted that one of the attention-seeking beggars who mounted his skateboard, ignored the blaring horn, and cling unto the motor guard of the SUV, which left the occupants including Governor Matawalle who haven lost empathy, was confused, became the Achilles hill of the so-called “downtrodden”.
Peeved by their bravery, a security personnel attached to one of the Governors’ convoy who strapped his riffle on his right shoulder, jumped down from the vehicle and slammed the physically challenged man with his skateboard on the concrete floor and dispersed the crowd, while the beggars retreated disappointingly before the Governors continued their journey.
Some of the PDP delegates to the election and journalists who were caught in the melee, scampered to safety to avert a ricochet from the gunshots that were fired into the air by security aides which dispersed the crowd in utter dismay of the sleepy neighborhood.
A Benin based media practitioner who also witnessed the incident, condemned the act of lawlessness by the physically challenged persons, wondering why they have to “prioritize safety for money” by putting their lives on the jaws of death.