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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Commotion, bloodbaths in Ibadan as Gani Adams' followers clashes with breakaway faction

From Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan

Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State on Thursday turned to a battle ground when the Gani Adams led faction of the odua people's congress (OPC) and breakaway faction of the group, named: New ERA clashed where a member of the breakaway faction, comrade Adesina Akinpelu was allegedly injured severely. gathered that while a program,  Yoruba Restructure Summit was on, the factional leader of the group, Gani Adams allegedly instructed his squad to kill Akinpelu who was the arrow head of a struggle to remove Gani Adams as leader of the group.

According to the report, Akinpelu was leaving the Lekan Salami sports complex, venue of the Yoruba leaders summit, when he was attacked and shot severally by Gani Adams boys. 

While speaking with journalists where he was receiving treatment, comrade Akinpelu disclosed that he was on his way to disburse money for some of their members who travelled to Ibadan for the event when he was attacked adding that the sum of four hundred and thirty thousand, (430,000)naira was stollen from him by the attackers.

He added that it was the timely intervention of men of the Nigeria police that saved him from been killed while stating that the squad was led by the duo of Top Terror and one Sunday Babalola who led the team that attacked him.

"I was coming out to sort out the transport fares of our members who travelled to Ibadan for the program and as I approached the gate of the stadium, Gani's alleged killer squad had destroyed one of our vehicles, I was examining the damage when Sunday Babalola pointed at me and the boys rushed to attack me"‎

photo shows Akinpelu, injured member of New Era, faction of OPC in Oyo State, on hospital bed.
Akinpelu also disclosed that the boys resorted to using other dangerous weapons on him after foiled several gunshot which could not penetrate.

But reacting, the Oyo State Chapter of the Oodua People’s Congress led by Otunba
Gani Adams denied the attack on the warring faction. 

Rather, the state secretary of OPC, Gani Adams faction Comrade Julius Olajide called on the government and other relevant Security agencies in the State to as a matter of urgency fish out the killers
of one of their members, Lekan Adebayo who died during the alleged attack with so called OPC's New Era.

According to him, one of the six members
who sustained injuries in the factional clash that occurred on Thursday during the Yoruba Summit on Restructuring that took place at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, died in the early hours of Friday, September 8, at a
private hospital located within the city.

He added that the deceased, Lekan Adebayo, a member of the Otunba Gani Adams faction
of the OPC, was reportedly shot at the head during the Thursday’s attack.

The Secretary of the Oyo state chapter of the Gani Adams led OPC, further hinted that five other members of the faction were in critical conditions in the hospital.

According to him, the aim and objective of the OPC is to promote and protect the interests of the Yorubas, saying that it was the reason
the supporters of Otunba Gani Adams attended the Ibadan Yoruba summit
en masse.

He revealed that if not to the quick intervention of the police and other security agencies, the situation would have even been more precarious than what happened at the event.

The Oyo OPC’s scribe said: "I wondered what the unscrupulous elements who want to hijack power by all means from Otunba Gani Adams stand to gain by disturbing the peace that has been reigning in the state since the inception of Governor Abiola Ajimobi led administration.

"I am calling on members of the public to continue to pray for the quick recovery of the five others who are still in critical conditions
Mr. Abidemi Azeez, Taoreed Azeez, Lekan Sulaimon, Opeyemi, and Sodiq while I pray that God should give the family of Mr. Lekan Adebayo the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss", factional's scribe said.

He, therefore, called on the police to fish out the perpetrators of the violence, saying because they are not above the law. He urge the police to make sure that true justice prevails so that Mr. Lekan Adebayo did not die in vain while he added that OPC's Gani Adams will still maintain peace and order because, the members are not touts or thugs, a reason they will continue to maintain their noble character.

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