For the second time in four days, political thugs said to be loyal to a factional gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State on Sunday attacked the Agbaji Ilorin family residence of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
The rampaging thugs allegedly opened fire on residents of the area, wounding at least 11 persons in the process.
They were said to have also destroyed some cars parked at various locations within Agbaji Quarters.
It would be recalled that the some suspected thugs had on Thursday unleashed violence on the people of Agbaji, Adewole and Pakata areas of Ilorin metropolis.
Four members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were said to have been injured during Thursday’s mayhem.
The development eventuated a press conference that was addressed by the Senate President in Abuja where he raised an alarm about threat to his life and those of his family and supporters.
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Sunday’s incident, according to residents of the area, started at about 11:30am when fully armed thugs stormed their area and shot sporadically into the air to scare people away.
According to the President of Agbaji Development Association, Alhaji Musa Olanrewaju Yusuf, 11 people, who sustained injuries from gunshots were taken to General Hospital, Ilorin and a private medical facility for treatment.
He said “The thugs also carted away four motorbikes and stole money and jewelry from shops deserted by their owners”.
Commenting on the development, the Director General of the PDP campaign council in the state, Prof. Suleiman Abubakar, said the orgy of violence was being perpetrated by the APC leaders in the state to instill fear in the minds of residence ahead of the coming general elections, having discovered that Kwarans have rejected them.
He called on security agencies in the state to within 48hours arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of both today and Thursday violence in Ilorin.
The state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Tunde Ashaolu, said yesterday’s incident had validated the alarm raised by the Senate President on threat to his life and those of his family and supporters, ” which the police made futile efforts to debunk”.