Three Feared Dead As Reps Member Escapes Assassination Attempt In Ibadan
I was their main target, we are on campaign from Orita Aperin to Adesola
A few days before the governorship and state house of assembly elections in Oyo State, a councilor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Sulimon Ariyibi, from ward 10, Ibadan South East Local Government, has been shot dead by gunmen.
It was gathered that the deceased was attacked and killed in his house in Ile Tuntun area, Ibadan in the presence of his wife and kids.
The deceased and two others that are yet to be identified were confirmed dead upon arrival at the Adeooyo state hospital, Ring Road Ibadanwhere they were rushed to.
Confirming the incident at the Adeooyo state hospital, the lawmaker representing Ibadan South East/North East Federal constituency, Abass Adigun alleged that it was “APC boys” that launched the attack on his boys who were together with him on campaign trail around Ile Tuntun- Idi Arere axis of the city.
“I was their main target, we are on campaign from Orita Aperin to Adesola and when we got to Ile tuntun area along idi arere area, I saw some APC members stoning us with sachets water and stones.
“I told my people not to respond to them, but all of a sudden I saw few of our boys on bikes with blood and immediately I alerted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Idi Aro Division and before I dropped the call I was informed that a councillor serving under my constituency has been killed in his house around Ile tuntun, while two among my people that were far back have been shot dead.
“This is really sad, this is coming a few hours before the election, and the police need to act fast to address this urgent situation, Governor Makinde is a peace-loving person, he doesn’t want any violence in the state and he has instructed us not to respond to any form of intimidation or attack from any opposition party in the state, so how could anyone attack us with guns and other dangerous weapons in the name of politics,” he said.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, SP. Adewale Osifeso on Thursday, 16 March 2023.
“We have received the sad report, and investigations is ongoing to unravel the situation that led to the development.”