The convoy of the former Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has been reportedly attacked by unknown gunmen in the state capital, Osogbo, on Monday.
The PUNCH reported that the convoy of the Interior Minister was passing through the Old Garage area of Osogbo, when gunshots rented the air, causing panic as some residents and passersby around Fagbewesa, Orisumbare, Oke Fia and MDS areas, scampered for safety in different directions.
Confirming the development, Aregbesola's aide, Bola Ilori, claimed that his principal's convoy was attacked by miscreants working for the incumbent Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.
He, however, added that the miscreants were repelled by security details attached to the Interior Minister.
“Only a lazy man starts a wrestling match with cutlass and guns – Aregbe!!!
“Oyetola thugs fired several gunshots at Aregbesola’s, Adeoti (Sheu) convoy after declaring his preferred choice for Governorship. The attackers were repelled by combined efforts of Police, DSS, NSCDC etc and luckily no casually was recorded,” Ilori said in a post on Facebook.
Meanwhile, the Osun State Government has denied the allegations and pointed fingers towards Aregbesola.
The state Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, in a Public Service Announcement, said some “misguided cowards have invaded Osogbo, the Osun State capital with armed thugs to foment trouble”.
“These miscreants and their kingpin started shooting as they raced through the town.
“Their interest is simply to attempt to thwart the peace of the state and create fear in the minds of the good people of Osun counting on a long-lost influence.
“The Government of Osun hereby warns that there are no sacred cows in the state. No one is above the law here regardless of their past glories or future aspirations. Security agencies have been well briefed about the activities of these mischief-makers, who have set themselves on a collision course with the law.”
As of the time of filing this report, WuzupNigeria can not ascertain if anyone sustained an injury during the shooting.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of Osun Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, asked for time to get details of what transpired when contacted.