By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Former Commissioner for Women Affairs during the first tenure of Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti State, Mrs Funke Owoseeni, on Thursday, narrowly escaped being killed by some suspected assassins who invaded her residence located at Ijesa Isu in Ikole Local Government area of the state.
But her husband, Mr Paul Owoseeni was not as lucky, the underworld men unleashed cuts with machete, chopped off five fingers from his left hand.
Mrs Owoseeni served as the Caretaker Chairman of Ikole Council area and was also at a time, the Women leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Ekiti State.
Narrating her ordeal to Journalists via telephone in Ado Ekiti on Friday, Mrs Owoseeni , said the assailants numbering about seven, stormed her house along Ikole road at about 8.30pm and turned off the generating set outside , throwing the well- lit environment into total blackout. Mrs Owoseeni disclosed that the attack was politically motivated by those she had already revealed to the police during their visit to the scene of the incident about 11pm on the day of the attack.
She said, aside from her husband, two students living in the building were also attacked with cutlass and iron rods. According to her, while some students resident with her were about restoring light to the building, the bandits swooped on them, demanding her (Mrs Owoseni) whereabouts.
“When the light went off, we suspected that the generating set was still running outside and we asked those students living with us to go out and check what was happening. “Few minutes later, we heard them saying please save us, save us and my husband who was not with torch light rushed out to see what was happening. The impression we first heard was a case of electrocution. While my husband rushed out to save the situation, I tried to get my torchlight to be able to see clearly. “Shortly, the voices changed and I started hearing thief, thief, thief but my husband was already in their midst with those children. But because I went with torchlight, I was able to see them and I had to rush back inside and hid myself somewhere.”
“They brought my husband inside and started asking, where is your wife? We are here for her and not you. When he didn’t tell them where I was, they started assaulting him, using dangerous weapons. They did that until they chopped up his fingers and they fled when they saw that he had passed out”, she stated.
Mrs Owoseeni said they immediately took her husband to the General hospital to stabilize him before he was referred to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital(EKSUTH) for intensive care. “From EKSUTH, we were referred to Federal Teaching Hospital , Ido Ekiti and now we are in a private hospital in Abuja, where my husband is receiving treatment.”
“I see no reason someone would want to kill me for raising my voice against injustice in the running of our party. I had given the names of those I suspected to the police for investigation”, she said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti division, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, said the case has not been incidented at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti.