UPDATE: How violence erupted at Ogun APC event, eight shot

 Amosun blamed for the attack

Six federal lawmakers on Thursday escaped unhurt at Wasimi Market Square, Ewekoro Local Government Area, Ogun State, following a bloody clash between factions of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Another victim
Another victim

A senator representing Ogun Central at the National Assembly, Gbenga Obadara, was billed to hold a meeting with party members at the market square when they were attacked by gun-wielding thugs.

Eight people were reportedly shot including Sunday Akinbode, a police sergeant attached to Mr. Obadara, who was shot in a region close to his private part; Lasisi Bayo; Dapo Soyinka; and Femi Babalola.

All the victims were rushed to Mercy Hospital in Abeokuta where they are currently receiving treatment.

Those at the scene included two senators – Akin Odunsi and Gbenga Obadara; four members of the House of Representatives – Olumide Osoba, Adekunle Adeyemi, Bukola Braimo, and Segun Williams; as well as journalists covering the event.

Speaking with journalists shortly after the incident, Mr. Obadara alleged that the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, was responsible for the attack on him and his supporters.

“I  wanted to have a senatorial meeting to sensitise our members on the coming registration exercise at the centre I built  for the community in Wasimi. We have already applied and the copies of the letters  are with me,” he explained. “But, when I got  to the venue,  the Chairman of  Ewekoro  local government , Dele Soluade, said he wanted to use the place and I left for another place and his thugs still came to attack us.”

One of the shot victims receiving treatment
One of the shot victims receiving treatment

Mr. Obadara claimed that Mr. Soluade has said that the order “to deal with the senator” was from above.

“He pointed a gun at me that he will kill me. If  not for God’s grace, I would have been a dead man by now. My orderly was shot and several other people including journalists,” he said.

A member of the House of Representatives, Adekunle Adeyemi, who also escaped death accused the police in the state of complicity.

“We were to have senatorial meeting with Senator Obadara when I discovered  that there were thugs sent after us by Governor Ibikunle Amosun and they started shooting I managed to escape. They came with guns, cutlasses,” Mr. Adeyemi said.

However, the Chairman of Ewekoro Local Government, where the incident happened, Mr. Soluade, has denied knowledge of  the attack, saying that he was in Lagos.

He told PREMIUM TIMES via phone that he had received a call that his local government was in flames. He denied that the Senator had written his office to inform it of the meeting.

“I am not aware that there was going to be any programme. I was told that one of my people in the community was shot; I cannot confirm his name. I am in Lagos. I am coming down now to confirm. He is not my boy; he is one  of my  community people there. Even as the chairman of the local government there, I was not aware that anybody was coming there. Even when I heard it, I  had to call one of my Police that, what is happening there, no invitation, no information,” Mr. Soluade said.

A notable chieftain of the party and serving senator, Adegbenga Kaka, in his reaction, called on the Federal Government and the police high command to investigate the attack.

The State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has also condemned the attack and denied any involvement in it.


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  • Ken

    Hahaha…this is just the beginning.

  • emmanuel

    APC house of horror.

    Tune Bakare saw it coming. When greed and inordinate ambition drive people to do things, they end up with wounds that may never heal.

    Jonathan and PDP are guaranteed 2015 by nature!

    The days of Obasanjo’s PDP is playing up in APC – sorrow tears and blood.

  • beddy chibs

    It was a friendly fire however,Up APC!!!!,you were warned from the onset that greed,selfishness and over ambition will tear you apart.

    • Obi

      Friendly Fire indeed, My Brother

      • Vegetarian Tiger

        …dem never see anything yet.Let them just elect Buhari as their flag-bearer and all hell will break loose.

    • Okey

      Indeed, very friendly !

  • Mani_Kay

    As usual, I am waiting for APC to say that President Goodluck Jonathan and the Rivers State Police Commissioner are responsible for the shooting.

    In fact, the bullets that hit the party men were actually meant for Governor Rotimi Amaechi

    • Issei

      We should not forget that Baba has warned us about snipers,who knows!!!!!!!

      • Stell Mena

        Snipets from who? From within themselves surely. Who is fooling who.

  • igboham

    The killings sound so casual. in Nigeria

  • Okey

    With Borno, Yobe and Gombe replicating themselves in Ogun, sure APC will usher in the much desired peace and good governance if they grab power by 2015 !

    • Vegetarian Tiger

      …we should all arm ourselves in preparation for the Muslim Party known as APC. FIRE FOR FIRE.

  • Gideon Orkar


    • beddy chibs

      i agree with you brother,it is Arewa Peoples confusion(APC)