Thugs at­tack Saraki fam­ily quar­ter, in­jure 11

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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 sev­enyear-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.

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