By Oluwakayode Banjo
A few hours before the governorship and State Assembly elections, gunmen allegedly attacked the ancestral home of Senator Teslim Folarin in Oja’gbo, Ibadan South-East Local Government Area of Oyo State.
They were said to have invaded the Oyo APC governorship candidate’s Family house a few minutes past 8:00 pm on Thursday.
According to reports from witnesses, the unknown gunmen in about 10 Toyota Hilux with covered plates invaded the Oja’gbo family house of Senator Folarin a few minutes past 8:00 pm on Thursday night.
“We escaped death by whiskers but several of us sustained varying degrees of injuries as we scampered for safety. The gunmen were wearing black dresses with face masks. They were shouting ‘Where is Folarin, Iku Lokan E (It is your turn to die) while shooting sporadically. They burgled Oja’gbo the house, in search of Oloye”.
“They dispersed hundreds of us who were waiting for Senator Folarin with gunshots. God saved our lives” said a survivor.
Senator Folarin’s media aide, YSO Olaniyi confirmed the attack to a Radio Nigeria correspondent via a telephone conversation saying “At about 8:10 pm on Thursday night, March 16th, a group of gunmen numbering about 30 driving in a motorcade of 10 vehicles, stormed the ancestral home of Senator Teslim Folarin with a mission to terminate his life”
“They thought Oloye Folarin would be there at that particular time to carry out the assassination. Senator Folarin was billed to have a family meeting with his kinsmen at his Oja’gbo home last night but could not make it due to extended interactive session with Oyo State stakeholders at YES FM Media House”
“You know Oloye Folarin is Mogaji of his family compound, Ile Baale in Oja’gbo area of Ibadan and Asaaju Olubadan of Ibadanland. He had a scheduled meeting with his family members at Oja’gbo but could not make it. The unknown gunmen thought Oloye would be at the meeting to carry out the assassination plan but thank God for his life”
“We have informed the security agencies to investigate the incident, promptly apprehend the sponsors and their agents and bring them to justice,” he said.
Olaniyi who expressed concern about the safety of his principal urged the police and the DSS to beef up security around the APC governorship candidate.
It would be recalled that the councillor representing Ward 10, Ibadan South East Local Government Area in Oyo State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Sulaimon Ariyibi and two others were shot dead yesterday by some suspected political hoodlums.
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