Accord Party chieftain escapes death in Ibadan •Night guard murdered
Culled From Tribune
Barely 10 months after one of its chieftains escaped being felled by assassins’ bullets, another chieftain of the Oyo State chapter of the Accord Party, Honourable Soji Oladejo , also known as Success, narrowly missed being axed by suspected assassins in Ibadan. Nigerian Tribune gathered that the assailants, five in number, stormed the residence of Honourable Oladejo, who is an Accord Party leader in Egbeda, on Sunday morning, at his Ogbere Moradeyo, Sawmill Area of Ibadan and killed his night guard, Mr P.A Oyadotun. The suspected assassins, it was gathered, drilled the fence of the party leader to gain entrance and demanded to see Oladejo, who was at that time in a vigil at a nearby church. It will be recalled that yet-to-identified gunmen had in March last year stormed the Akobo residence of a former Secretary to the State Government and chieftain of the party, Chief Ayodele Adigun and clubbed his night guard, an ex-serviceman, to death, when they found out that Adigun was not at home. The seemingly growing assassination attempt on its chieftains ahead of the 2015 general election was the subject of a closed-door meeting of leaders of the party held with a national leader of the party, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, on Monday.
Oladejo, while narrating his ordeal to newsmen, attributed his escape to divine intervention through the prayer vigil he was observing close to his house when the assailants struck.
According to him, “The assassins struck about 2.05 a.m. and forcefully entered my house after breaking through the fence. They killed the guard and threatened to kill all members of my household if I was not produced.
“Initially, they thought I was inside my car parked inside the compound and they riddled the car with bullets. After dealing with my household and they established that I was not in the house, they left taking away one of my children’s laptops.”
A media aide to Ladoja, Alhaji Lanre Latinwo said the position of the party on the incident would be made public “within the next twenty- four hours”, as the party was awaiting the outcome of police investigation on the incident.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bisi Ilobanafor was said to be in a meeting with the state Commissioner of Police. An assistant in her office promised she would call back as soon as the meeting ended.