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Politician escapes assassination, as thugs attack PDP members, palace in Ogun (photo)
Politician escapes assassination, as thugs attack PDP members, palace in Ogun (photo)

Ayodele Olapeju, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Assembly candidate for Sagamu Constituency 2 has escaped death by the whiskers.

It was gathered that Olapeju, narrowly escaped assassination after thugs reportedly attacked members of the party and a palace in Ogun State.

The post-election crisis took place in some parts of Ikenne, Remo North, and Sagamu Local Government Areas of Ogun State.

Other PDP members attacked between March 19 and 28 were Abela Kunle, Ayo Masaun, among others.

Some people also sustained injuries, while properties worth millions of naira were carted away by the hoodlums during the attacks.

Speaking with newsmen, Olapeju, said he narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in at his house, sponsored by gunmen allegedly loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to him, the thugs ransacked his room and carted away his belongings worth N30 million and his Nissan Titan car worth N9 million.

He said: “The attack was carried out by gunmen loyal to the APC” at his house in the Ewuga area of Sagamu, between 2:30 am and 3:45 am.

“It was just like a shock when I heard the noise of door banging in my house.

“I saw some people armed with charms and weapons and my gateman was tied. When they saw me, they said, ‘that is the market’. I had to force the door closed while they struggled with me and escaped through the exit door naked.

“Their plan was to capture me. Two of them were holding ropes. They took away my Nissan car. They ransacked my room, carted away my belongings: four Rolex watches, gold, everything all together will cost about N30 million.

“They also took away my aide’s two wristwatches worth $15,000, and my Nissan Titan car worth N9m. I am glad I am alive.”

According to DAILY POST, in a petition written to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Nigeria Police Force, Zone 2 Headquarters in Onikan, Lagos, from the palace of the Odemo of Isara, the community sought police protection to forestall a further breakdown of law and order.

The community also demands the immediate arrest and prosecution of the individuals responsible for causing havoc, robbery, arson, and shooting of people and properties in the town.

The petition reads: “The physical assault of the PDP candidate by a group of thugs, stealing and destruction of ballot boxes, and the harassment of individuals by people who led thugs to disrupt the peace of the town under the guise of celebrating victory.”

“The thugs were seen attacking everybody they suspected to have voted against them; harassing okada riders, brandishing guns, machetes, and other weapons in broad daylight. They also went to the Oba of Isara (Odemo) palace and started shooting sporadically.

“Several people’s houses were forced open, while some people received threatening phone calls asking them to leave the town and never to return again.

“The situation has escalated to the point where they made several attempts on the life of Hon. Solomon Osho, the incumbent member of the Ogun State House of Assembly representing Remo North State Constituency, shot at him. He narrowly escaped being killed.”

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