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Ekiti ex-lawmaker alleges assassination attempt by sponsored thugs

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A former member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Ekundayo Akinleye, yesterday, an alleged an attempt by thugs, suspected to be sponsored by the state government, to assassinate him.

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The former lawmaker, who narrated his ordeal to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, said that the thugs invaded his hotel with pump action guns and other dangerous weapons.

He said: “It is strange that up till now, no arrest has been made. I have written a petition to the Inspector-General of Police and copied the Commissioner of Police here in Ekiti.

“Though the CP has sent some of his men here to inspect the level of damage done by the thugs, no arrest has been made.

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“Immediately I saw them, I ran to the restaurant while the armed men began to pursue me until I was caught inside one of the guest rooms. They brought me and other lodgers outside and started beating us. They collected my phone and took all the money we had made that day. It was almost N150,000. They took my assorted wine and beer and looted my wife’s shop.

“They drove us off and were shooting to scare people away. I didn’t know where they were taking us to as they ordered us to face down.

“Initially I thought they were kidnappers and I was begging them promising them that I would give them money until I realised that they were actually government thugs.

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“They drove off and stopped at a place where l managed to look up and got to know that we were at the Civic Centre in front of the Government House. All of them came down from the vehicle except one.

“I heard them saying let us take them to Ilawe road and delete them. Delete means to kill us.”
REACTING to Akinleye’s allegations through telephone, Special Assistant to Governor Fayemi on New Media and Public Communications, Mr. Segun Dipe, described the allegation as laughable.

Dipe said that if there was anything Fayemi is known for, it is intellectual combat and not associating with thugs, adding: “Fayemi doesn’t mingle with thugs. He is an intellectual man. This man in question accusing the governor, what is his weight politically that Fayemi will be contending with him. I am sure Fayemi doesn’t even know him. For what reason would Fayemi go after him?”

“He said that they accused him of joining protesters to commit arson and loot COVID-19 palliatives, then it must have been the police that came after him and the police do not need Governor Fayemi’s permission to do that and I am sure the police cannot assassinate him.”

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