A National Assembly candidate during the February 23, 2019 general election in Ogun state, Omoyele Olabode has escaped being assassinated when unidentified gunmen attacked him in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Olabode, who contested the House of Representatives seat of Abeokuta Nirth/Obafemi-Owode/Odeda Federal Constituency on the platform of African Democratic Congress (ADC) was attacked over the weekend after returning from a political meeting.
Leadership Correspondent gathered that the gunmen, numbering about 20, invaded Olabode’s campaign office located at the Agbeloba axis of Abeokuta metropolis, beating up all his aides met on ground before heading towards his apartment where they shot their target.
An eyewitness, who spoke with journalists on condition of anonymity, explained that the masked gunmen gained access to the politician’s campaign premises at about 12:15 am on the fateful day after scaling through the perimeter fence and left through the main gate after the operation which lasted about 15 minutes.
The politician, who recently decamped from ADC to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the presidential election, however, sustained bullet wounds on the arms in the incident.
He was however, later rushed to an unknown hospital where he is still receiving treatment.
Speaking with journalists yesterday in Abeokuta, the state capital through a telephone interview from the hospital where he is recuperating, Olabode said the matter had been reported at the Adigbe Divisional Police station.
The politician, who ruled out the possibility of the attack being politically motivated however, called on the Police to ensure that the perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought to book.
When contacted, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi denied knowledge of such incident in Ogun state.
PPRO said that police only has a report logged at its Adigbe Divisional headquarters by Olabode’s driver who claimed that he was abducted by some gunmen who demanded that he should lead them to the hotel where his principal was lodging.
“When the policemen, led by the DPO in charge of Adigbe division got to the hotel, he demanded for the CCTV footage. And when it was played, we discovered that such incident never occurred”.
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