Friday, 7 July 2017

Ogun lawmaker, Oladipupo Adebutu evades assassination attempt

Ogun state governorship candidate, honorable Oladipupo Adebutu on Wednesday evaded death along Oke Ide, Otta, Ogun State.

Report had it that Adebutu was returning from Ogun west senatorial district meeting in Otta when some unidentified armed men opened fire on his convoy. One of his loyal supporters was shot dead in the process by one of the other political opponent's supporter.

According to The Tribune, Adebutu had stopped over at Otta from Ayeitoro, venue of the meeting, to visit some party members who were arrested by the police on Tuesday based on a complaint by a rival faction of the party led by one Prince Segun Seriki.

Unidentified eyewitness said shortly after Adebutu parted with the party members whose release he had earlier secured, the assailants struck.

It was gathered that a crisis had erupted on Tuesday when Seriki, who hails from Ijebu Igbo in Ogun East, declared his governorship ambition in Ogun West district, a decision that was allegedly opposed by supporters of another governorship aspirant, Gboyega Isiaka, resulting in a pandemonium that led to the arrest and the arraignment that followed.

Seriki said he had no hand in the incident as he was not in Ota when it happened.

“I was not in Ota anyway, but I can understand their desperation to cover up the killing of somebody. People came to attack me last week. I am a law-abiding Nigerian. I have reported to the law enforcement agency. They have arrested those that attacked me and charged them to court," he said.

“I had no contact with unruly people. My position is to enhance the enforcement of law and order. Some people believe in circumventing the law for whatever anticipated political game. It is their luck. There was no way I could come into the picture. I don’t resort to self-help and I don’t deal with thugs,” he added.

Oladipupo Adebutu is also the chairman, House Committee on Rural Development.

Source: Tribune, LIB

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