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Thugs Attack Journalists, APC Members in Osun

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By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
Hoodlums believed to be Political thugs from a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday stormed the Hotel where the party held a press conference where they allegedly suspended the chairman and secretary of the party, Prince Gboyega Famoodun and Alhaji Razak Salinsile respectively.
The thugs whose number were put at about twenty were said to have arrived at the Hotel (name withheld) in a bus and unleashed terror on politicians and journalists at the venue of the press conference.
It was gathered that the hoodlums dispersed the people at the conference and beat those they could laid their hands on.
Some journalists who were alleged to have suffered one punishment or another included Bola Bamigbola, the state secretary of NUJ and a correspondent of Business Day as well as Gbenga Faturoti,  correspondent of Daily Independent.
Bamigbola was said to have sustained injuries while trying to run away to escape being beaten by the thugs while his cloth was torn into shred in the process.
Meanwhile, Osun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has condemned the acts of violence unleashed on journalists and other innocent members of the public by thugs loyal to a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC), at a popular hotel in Osogbo.
The party expressed this condemnation in a release issued by the State Publicity Secretary, Hon Sunday Bisi.
Hon Bisi recalled that the violent attack was sequel to the purported suspension of the State APC chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun and the State Secretary  by a faction of the party leadership.
The PDP said it was rather unfortunate that the APC would resort to such acts of violence on members of the fourth estate of the realm who were only performing their duties as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.
It therefore called on the Police and other security agencies to immediately  arrest sponsors and perpetrators of the acts of violence and bring them to justice.
The party also warned the APC and State Government to avoid any conduct which might jeopardise the fragile peace of the State and truncate the processes leading up to the governorship election in September.
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