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Suspected thugs attack sacked Oyo council boss, others


• No official report on it, say police
The sacked Chairman of Afijio Local Council of Oyo State, Samuel Aderemi, has been attacked and kidnapped by rampaging thugs, who stormed the council in an attempt to prevent the sacked local council chairmen and councillors from resuming for duties.

The Guardian learnt that Aderemi, after being beaten to stupor by the hoodlums, was whisked away in a bus to an unknown destination. He was, however, rescued two hours later by security agents.

The victim, according to the state ALGON Chairman, Abass Aleshinloye, is recuperating in an undisclosed hospital.

Similarly, thugs had a field day causing mayhem in Ibadan North and Ibadan North East local councils and Omi Apata Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

Despite the presence of security agents, comprising the police and civil defence officials, injuries were inflicted on party members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who engaged in a free-for-all.

Trouble started on Monday when the chairmen and councillors made good their threats to resume duties in the 68 local council and LCDA secretariats.

Governor Seyi Makinde had shortly after his inauguration last May sacked the chairmen and asked them to hand over to the most senior career officer in their respective councils after about eight months of legal battle with the state government.

The council chairmen were elected on May 12, 2018 in local council election conducted by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Meanwhile, information gathered from all the 33 local councils and 35 Local Council Development Areas in the state showed that majority of the chairmen had resumed in their offices except a few.

However, there were pockets of violence in Ibadan South-East and Ibadan North-East local councils where some hoodlums allegedly led by a leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, Alhaji Lamidi Mukaila (a.k.a. Auxiliary), reportedly hijacked the situation.

The leadership of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) on Monday asked its members to stay at home, locking all the gates and offices to the council secretariats for security of lives of members.

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