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Oyo: Ladoja, Balogun, others petition Jonathan over attack

By Ola Ajayi

IBADAN— INDICATIONS emerged yesterday that the fragile peace in Oyo State may be ruptured as the former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and three other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have resolved to use self-help if the incessant attacks in the state remain unchecked by the police.

Already, the ex-governor, Senator Lekan Balogun, Elder Wole Oyelese and Alhaji Yekini Adeojo have petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan to check the said attacks or they would be forced to defend themselves if they are attacked again.

Senator Balogun said he had been a victim of the violent attack which was allegedly unleashed on him by a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW.

They said the increasing incidents in the state urgently call for concern from well meaning Nigerians and the national authorities.

According to them, at Ido Local Government, thugs were mobilized to terrorize the people over a chieftaincy title that is being increasingly politicized. The attack, they noted, left many people injured and hospitalized.

To avoid unnecessary bloodshed in the state, they called on the police and other relevant authorities to call the NURTW members to order.

They alleged that if their involvement in politics as an instrument of terror in the hands of the present government was not checked, it was capable of threatening the fragile peace in the state and also undermine our budding democracy.


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