A member of the House of Representatives and chairman, House Committee on Rural Development, Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu, on Wednesday, narrowly escaped being killed as gun-bearing thugs attacked and opened fire on his convoy at Oke Ide, Otta, Ogun State.

One of his supporters identified as Mojeed was, however, not so lucky as he was shot dead by the hoodlums suspected to be loyalists of political opponents.

It was gathered that Adebutu, who is governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, was returning from Ogun West senatorial district meeting in Otta when the incident occurred.

He 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.

An eyewitness said that scarcely had Adebutu parted with the party members whose release he had earlier secured when the assailants struck, sending the people of the area to scurry to safety.

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.

But Seriki, while reacting in a telephone interview, said he had no hand in the tragedy as he was not in Ota when the incident 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.

“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 said.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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