By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Mr. Olateju Ishola, who is the Personal Assistant to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday explained how he was attacked by some thugs at a birthday party.
According to him, the attack was an assassination attempt on his life, as well as premeditated and political.
It would be recalled that hoodlums, on Sunday, allegedly attacked Ishola at a birthday party of a lawmaker representing Osogbo Constituency, Hon Taofeek Badmus.
Those allegedly attacked were Wale Omolola, Alhaji Bashiru Simple, Bashiru Fatoki, among others.
Briefing journalists at a press conference in Osogbo, Ishola, said the attack was a pure assassination attempt and “had nothing to do with any other event or catastrophe with which any person or group may treacherously attempt to get it associated.”
He said further: “The guy who led the attack is a known notorious hoodlum who and his gang members have been enjoying executive protection in the state.
“Let it be stated categorically, and made incontrovertibly clear that news mostly making the rounds since the story of the attack first broke were any of complete falsehood, make-believe, attempts at falsifying reality or even attempt at covering the tracks of those who hatched the nefarious act.
“The perpetrators could attempt a cover-up, I trust they cannot escape the scrupulous investigations of our law enforcement agencies.
“Let me state here that it is unfortunate and an act of cowardice for Hon. Badmus to have denied there was an attack on him, a move to underplay the assassination attempt on me.
“The first feelings of danger came when my Personal Assistant came to whisper into my ears that I was not safe in the place and that we should start finding our ways out.
“My response was instant; I danced out of the stage and got out to the spacious premises. Unfortunately, I ran into their midst. They held me and started unleashing machete cuts on me.
“Luckily for me, a bouncer at the restaurant punched two of the hoodlums holding me and some of them went for him. That was how I was able to escape from them.”
He, however, described as unfortunate and an act of cowardice for Hon. Badmus to have denied there was an attack on him, adding that his action was a move to underplay the assassination attempt on him.
Ishola, thereafter, enjoined security agencies and all people of substance in the society to fish out the miscreants and their paymasters and bring them to justice.