Hoodlums Attack Osun Lawmaker’s Family House Sets It Ablaze

Kofoworola Babajide

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Police say they are on the trail of those behind the arson in Osun State. Suspected political thugs on Friday set ablaze the family house of Kofoworola Babajide, the Minority Leader in the Osun State House of Assembly.

Mr Babajide, the lawmaker representing Ede North constituency, confirmed the attack on Saturday.

The lawmaker said the arsonists burnt his parents’ house in Ede on Friday night.

“Some armed thugs attacked us during a ward meeting of PDP in Ede yesterday (Friday),” said Mr Babajide.

“After that, I left for Osogbo. Later, I was told that they were attacking my parents’ house. They burnt the house and since then, I have not seen my father. We don’t know if he’s burnt alive inside the house or they have kidnapped him,” Mr Babajide said.

The police spokesperson in the state, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the arson.

Ms Opalola told PREMIUM TIMES that the police are currently trailing those behind the attack.

“We are aware. We are working auscidiously to ensure that the perpetrators are arrested. The family house was burnt last night in Ede. We are looking for a way to arrest them, very soon we will arrest them,” Ms Opalola said.

‘One dead’

Members of the PDP had gathered for a ward meeting on Friday at Oloba Atapara area in Ede before some unidentified gunmen, suspected to be political thugs, opened fire on them.

One of the party members, identified as Puranga, was shot dead in the attack while others scampered for safety, according to witnesses.

The shooting has thrown the community into a panic mood.

Ms Opalola told PREMIUM TIMES that the police is not aware of the shooting and killing.

“I have told you all that I know,” she said.

“I am not aware of other things yet. I have confirmed that truly they burnt house but other things I am not aware of that. I am still investigating,” the police spokesperson said

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