Osun State House of Assembly speaker alleges assassination attempt

The Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Timothy Owoeye, has raised alarm over an alleged plot to assassinate him in Ilesa town, adding that the assailants, armed with guns and other dangerous weapons invaded Groove Hill Hotel owned by the Speaker in the town.

Penpushing further reports that Owoeye said  he lodged at the hotel, adding that at about 2 a.m., the gunmen arrived and started shooting sporadically, stressing that the attack was repelled by his security details

The Speaker stated that an electrification project he executed in his constituency was also damaged by the assailants, but the police as at time of filing this report the police said they were not aware of the incident.

“In the early hours of today 22nd February, an assassination attempt was made on my life. If not for divine providence, the story would have been different. I want to salute the security men who stood their ground to prevent my assailants from carrying out their aim,” he said.

“I was also informed this morning that an electrification project, which I have expended over N15 million on in Oke Aga, has been destroyed and riddled with bullets. I sympathise with the community who will be thrown into darkness because of this senseless politics,” Owoeye added.

“The recent happening in Osun is becoming worrisome and needs proper attention from every well-meaning citizen. The return of political thuggery after about 12 years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Administration in the state now gives residents and citizens sleepless nights,” he said.

Penpushing also reports that the number three citizen of the state accused the Governor Ademola Adeleke led government being run by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of fueling the insecurity crisis in the state.

“It will not be wrong to say that the change of baton in the government in the state has actually encouraged the return of that dark era of when citizens cannot sleep with their two eyes closed,” he said.

“I, therefore, called on the police to investigate the assassination attempt on my life, the gruesome murder of Alaro and others with a view to ensuring that those involved are brought to Justice,” he called.

“I want to believe that such heinous crime if not quickly investigated and perpetrators docked could aggravate an already tense situation that will lead to the breakdown of law and order in the States before and during the forthcoming election,” he added.

“The Nigerian police and other relevant security Agencies must be seen to be alive to order constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and properties. A quick investigation into the attempted murder, murder and other hooliganism will serve as a deterrent to people who are hell-bent on distrusting the peace of our society.”

Penpushing reports that Osun State Police Command Public Relations Officer Yemisi Opalola, said the command was not aware that the speaker was involved in the incident, but only aware of attack of leader of the assembly.

“We are not aware that the speaker’s residence was attacked. The command is only aware of the attack on the leader of the House of Assembly, we are not aware of the speaker’s attack. One of the members, the leader of the House of Assembly was attacked but the speaker’s name was not mentioned. I am not aware, the speaker has not called me in regards to that”,Opalola said

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