Ogun politician survives gun attack


Prominent Ogun State politician, Hon. Ibrahim Oyegunle, narrowly escaped during a gun attack in Ibogun area of the state at the weekend.
Oyegunle, in a chat with our correspondent, alleged that the gunmen shot sporadically at his vehicle while on a business trip.
According to him, the gun attack was aimed at taking his life but for God’s intervention.
He said: “It is God’s doing that I’m still alive today as the attack was the second in recent time.
“This time around, I never thought I could make it when the attack was launched.
“But I felt they ran out of luck on sight of a police patrol along the Ibogun Road.
“In a commando version, on a motorbike, the men of the under world, numbering three, in masks, pointed guns and ordered me to park the car or risk being killed, but my instinct told me to drive faster.
“As I attempted to speed off, the gang shot at the vehicle, but God saw me through.
“It was an horrible scene and I never pray to experience such again.”
Speaking further, the politician cum businessman claimed his political activities in the last general elections could have caused him the attack.
Oyegunle said: “Though, I was not on the ballot during the elections, but I was actively involved in all the processes.
“And that’s why most people are avoiding participating in any politics.
“So, who will develop our country when we all are avoiding to come on board?
“Anyway, I want to plead with our fellow politicians to shun politics of bitterness.
“We need to encourage other Nigerians to join the fray.
“We must shun violence and embrace political practice that would benefit all and sundry.”
Oyegunle also hinted that investigations are ongoing to unravel those behind the  attack as report had been made at the Ibogun Police Station.
Efforts to reach the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police Abimbola Oyeyemi, via the telephone proved abortive.
It can be recalled that renowned traditional medicine expert, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf, popularly known as Oko Oloyun, recently lost his life in a similar manner in Oyo State.
The deceased was allegedly ambushed shortly after passing through five different Police Stop and Search teams along Igboora-Iseyin Road by yet to be identified assailants, who fired at moving vehicles on the road from the thick forest.