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Ekiti Lawmaker Survives Assassination Attempt



A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Michael Adedeji, on Friday morning, was reportedly shot in the head by unknown gunmen.

Adedeji, who is representing Ekiti Southwest constituency II at the Assembly, was shot by his assailants while traveling to Akure, Ondo State capital from Ado Ekiti.

The deputy speaker of the house, Segun Adewumi, told newsmen in Ado Ekiti, that the lawmaker was immediately rushed to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), where he was admitted at the accident and emergency unit for intensive care.

The legislator, who is of PDP extraction, added that the lawmaker was accosted on the road by gunmen and was shot while trying to escape the scene by putting his car in reverse.

“When he was accosted on the way, the lawmaker wanted to flee the scene by putting his car on reverse gear but these evil men opened fire on his vehicle and the bullets hit him on the head.

“He was immediately taken to hospital in Ado Ekiti where he received emergency treatment,” he said.

A staff of the Teaching Hospital said the lawmaker had been referred to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, (FETHI) when newsmen visited the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital.

“He has been transferred to Ido Ekiti. The bullets hit him in the head and he would have to undergo neurosurgery as soon as possible.”

Adewumi further revealed on telephone that the lawmaker has been taken to FETHI, where CT scan machine is available for some tests on his head.

The lawmaker was among the legislators that participated in the removal of the former Speaker, Kola Oluwawole and subsequently elected an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, Adeniran Alagbada, as the new Speaker.

Prior to the PDP governorship primary in the state, he also had problems with the former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose and the Oluwawole-led Assembly over his closeness to the senator representing Ekiti South, Mrs Biodun Olujimi.

Olujimi backed the former minister of works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in the primary against Fayose’s preferred candidate and former deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr Caleb  Ikechukwu, who was contacted for confirmation said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

“We have not been officially briefed but when we have the information, we shall act appropriately.”




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