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Thugs invade pre-election meeting, gun down APC members

Thugs, on Thursday, disrupted an All Progressives Congress (APC) meeting at Ile-Tuntun area of Ibadan South East local government, killing three people and destroying vehicles…

Thugs, on Thursday, disrupted an All Progressives Congress (APC) meeting at Ile-Tuntun area of Ibadan South East local government, killing three people and destroying vehicles and other properties.

Many APC supporters were reportedly attacked. The party’s assembly candidate in constituency 2, Wariths Alawuje, was at the meeting venue during the attack, but he escaped.

Wariths confirmed the incident through a telephone call and promised to update on further developments.

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He said: “We were in a meeting with party executives when we heard members of (party name withheld) walking towards our office. Our people waited, for them to go. Not long after, we saw a top member of the party whispering to another and the next thing, we started hearing gunshots and before we could say jack, many of our people had been injured, cars had been damaged while nearby houses were not spared. Some persons were also killed.”

Adewale Osifeso, Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo, who was initially unreachable, later told our reporter that the police had commenced investigation into the crisis.

He appealed to the public to remain calm and law abiding, adding that the police and other sister security agencies had mapped out strategies to curtail any crisis during the elections.

There have been concerns about violence in Saturday’s elections based on the trend in the February 25 Presidential Poll.

Oyo is one of the states where the incumbent governor is seeking reelection.

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