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Two die as robbers attack Osun speaker, senator
From Seun Adeoye (Osogbo) and Lawrence Njoku (Enugu)

ABOUT two people were killed at the weekend by armed robbers who operated on the Iwo-Ibadan Road.

The victims were simply identified by the Osun State Police Command as a policeman and a civilian. They reportedly died from gunshots from the crossfire between the police and the hoodlums. Three other policemen also sustained serious injuries.

The robbers snatched the 604 Peugeot Saloon Car belonging to Senator Sunday Fajinmi, Osun West senatorial district during the incident.

Also, the Osun State House of Assembly Speaker , Dr. Mojeed Alabi narrowly escaped death when his vehicle on which he was travelling with his family from Ibadan ran into the robbers.

Alabi lost several valuables, including his Thuraya cell phone, which the robbers took away.

The men of the under world made the speaker and his family to disengage from the vehicle while they took the driver to an undisclosed location.

Fajinmi reported the incident to the Divisional Police Headquarters at Iwo, which prompted the police to swing into action.

They, however, met the robbers along Iwo-Ibadan road, where a gun duel ensued. At the end of the exchange of fire, two people were reportedly killed while three policemen received injuries from gun shots.

The state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Sheu Bayero,who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the command lost one of its men and a civilian while three other policemen sustained severe injuries.

But the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Enugu State has alerted on what it described as "the level of criminal desperation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to foist itself on the people by using violence".

The party's governorship candidate, Chief Fidel Ayogu told reporters yesterday that the PDP had launched large-scale purchase of arms and ammunition and equally perfected other evil tactics to cause mayhem during the elections.

He alleged that a local government chairman and five other members of the party were being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Awka in Anambra State for possession of lethal weapons.

"A policeman attached to the Government House, Enugu, accompanied by the PDP chieftains to a place in Onitsha market. It was due to the vigilance of some traders that the PDP men were arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of Anambra State Police Command", Ayogu claimed.

He alleged that "this is not the first attempt on the part of the PDP in the state to arm themselves illegally as just last week, three other PDP thugs were arrested in Enugu with large quantities of arms and ammunition as well as about 5,000 eggs and acid".

"The eggs were to be drained with syringes and replaced with the acid to be used in throwing at opponents during the election", Agogu stated.

In a reaction, the State government denied any knowledge of arms importation or detention of its members by the police in Anambra State.

The Special Assistance to the Governor on Media matters, Mr. Igbonekwu Ogazimorah, described Ayogu's allegations as "that of a drowning man who cannot concentrate on his campaigns and votes but on making insinuations".


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