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Thugs Attack Saraki Family Residence, Injure 11 |The Republican News

                                   Senate President Bukola Saraki

Sunday Aborisade and Tunde Oyekola

 

Hoodlums have invaded the Agbaji area of Ilorin, where the family residence of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, is located.

No fewer than 11 people were reportedly injured when the hoodlums invaded the area and damaged 50 vehicles on Sunday.

Also, Solagberu and Aliagan mosques, as well as about five buildings in the area were damaged during the attack.

The incident, according to residents of the area, started at about 11.30am when armed thugs stormed the area and shot into the air to scare people away.

According to the President of Agbaji Development Association, Alhaji  Olanrewaju Yusuf, the thugs were led by some stalwarts of an opposition party.

Yusuf claimed that one of the victims of the attack, a seven-year-old, died.

He said,  “We learnt that a boy in Ode Alausa, just opposite this house (Saraki’s homestead), who was hit by a bullet has died. His name is Abubakare.”

When asked of about age of the boy, he said he was about six or seven years old. However, Yusuf’s claim could not be verified.

He said 11 people, who sustained injuries from gunshots, were taken to the General Hospital, Ilorin, and a private medical facility for treatment.

He said, “The thugs came around 11.30am and shot into the air. In fact, they were provided cover by the police. At least 11 people sustained injuries from bullets, while about 50 cars including that of Imam Aliagan were destroyed.

“The thugs also stole four motorcycles, money and jewelry from shops deserted by their owners”.

The violence, it was gathered, later spread to the Ajikobi and Omoda areas of Ilorin metropolis.

The Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party campaign council in the state, Prof. Suleiman Abubakar, said the violence was perpetrated by the All Progressives Congress leaders to instill fears in residents ahead of the elections.

The state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Tunde Ashaolu, said the incident had validated the alarm raised by the Senate President on threat to his life.

Saraki hurriedly returned to Ilorin from Erin-Ile in the Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State where he had gone to address a political rally.

Saraki, during his visit to Agbaji quarters, urged his people to remain calm, saying they should not be provoked to carry out a reprisal.

The President of the Senate visited the General Hospital, Ilorin, to sympathise with the victims of the attacks.

The police spokesman in Kwara State, Ajayi Okasanmi, said that he would forward his reaction through an SMS to one of our correspondents. His reaction was still being awaited as of press time.  (Punch)

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3 Shot Dead, Journalist Shot, Many Injured At Lagos APC Campaign Kickoff |RN

Many people, including journalists, were injured by the shots that were fired.

Chinelo Obogo

There was chaos yesterday as three people were killed and many injured at the kick-off of the campaign of the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babajide Sanwo-Olu, which held at the Skypower field, GRA Ikeja, yesterday.

 

The campaign was supposed to commence at 10am but it eventually started by 12:30pm after the arrival of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Sanwo-Olu. The national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, was absent.

Before the commencement of the event, 63 out of the 91 political parties in the country endorsed Sanwo-Olu for governor. A few minutes into Ambode’s speech, a shot was fired by one of the thugs who stood close to the music stand and it was immediately followed by multiple gunshots from party supporters and police officers as those in attendance took cover.

It could not be ascertained what led to the pandemonium, but Daily Sun observed that a fight broke out among some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), who were standing close to Alabi Pasuma’s music stand, and in the process, one of the union’s executive members, Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, was badly injured.

Despite the pandemonium and stampede caused by the gunshots, Ambode continued with his speech while accusing “the other party” of being responsible for the commotion. He appealed to Lagosians to vote for the APC to ensure continuity.

As the chaos intensified, Sanwo-Olu took over the microphone and gave a vote of thanks, but by this time, the field was almost empty. Many people, including journalists, were injured by the shots that were fired. The group political editor of The Nation newspaper, Mr. Emmanuel Oladesu, New Telegraph correspondent, Temitope Ogunbanke, and Ibile Television cameraman, Abiodun Yusuf, were among the injured.

At the time of filing this report, there was no official statement from the state chapter of the APC in response to the crisis.  (The Sun)

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