By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Some suspected armed hoodlums on Tuesday attacked members of the Osun All Progressives Congress (APC), who belong to the former governor Rauf Aregbesola’s faction.
It was gathered that the APC faction was holding its federal constituency tour meeting in Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun/Boripe/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency at an open ground beside the Ifelodun Local Government Council Secretariat when the thugs came on two different occasions to launch attack on them.
It was further gathered that the hoodlums had earlier came around 11am to destroy the canopy and chairs to be used for the progrramme.
According to the State Secretary of the APC faction, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, the thugs came from inside the local government secretariat when the Caretaker Chairmen of the Council, Mr Hassan Okanlawon, was around.
Baderinwa further said that the hoodlums were able to scare people away without any serious casualty in the morning attack.
He said that after the first attack, the APC members re-converged at the venue to continue the programme, thinking that everything would be fine.
He said the hoodlums later came around 2pm when the APC factional Chairman, Salinsile, was about to give his speech.
The former commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state said: “We were holding our Ifelodun/Boripe/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency meeting at an open space, Gogoro area, Ikirun. It is close to the local government secretariat.
“Around 11am, these hoodlums, numbering about 25 came from inside the local government secretariat, they started chasing our people. They destroyed the chairs and canopies to be used for the programme. They went back into the secretariat after that. We thought that was the worse they could do, but we were wrong.
“We re-converged on the venue and we started our programme. Around 2pm, when the APC chairman was about to give his speech, the hoodlums came from behind, shooting into the air and attempted to unleash machete cut on members of the party. But the security operatives on ground repelled them.
“Gunshots rented the air as the security operatives on ground engaged them in gun duel. They beat retreat when they discovered that they could not have smooth operation. But they had beaten some of our people, the elder ones especially.”
It was gathered that one of the thugs that came to attack the APC members was caught and beaten blue-black by some youths in the town who felt their action was uncalled for