By Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Osun State Police Command has denied the report that the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, was attacked and shot at by hoodlums in Osogbo.
This is just as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has assured residents of adequate security amidst the mayhem caused by some unscrupulous elements in the state capital on Monday.
It will be recalled that gunshots rented the air for several minutes during a roadshow by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in Osogbo, which disrupted commercial activities and made residents scamper for safety.
The incident happened hours after Aregbesola openly declared the former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti as the next Governor of the state.
The Hope Metro gathered that during the shootout, the Minister was sighted on his open roof vehicle looking unperturbed.
The Police spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, in a statement said that it was some of the minister’s escort that shot into the air without provocation, causing people to scramble for safety.
“At about 6:40pm, the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola was moving in a convoy of personnel of NSCDC, Correctional Service, Immigration, as well as some unidentified armed people, suspected to be political thugs along Orisumbare/MFS Road, Osogbo.
“Suddenly, some of the security escorts of the minister started shooting sporadically into the air without any provocation nor attack, thereby causing members of the public to scramble for their safety.
“Thirteen empty shells of G-3, assault and AK-37 rifle were recovered along the road after the minister’s departure,” the PPRO pointed out.
She, said no causality was recorded while the report of the incident was still sketchy, adding that full report would be made available at the end of investigation.
Also, the Osun State Commandant, (NSCDC), Commandant Emmanuel Ocheja, said the Command will continue to render excellent and all–inclusive security services in the State.
The Commandant who spoke through the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, Atanda Olabisi said unknown hoodlums attacked the convoy of the former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola around 6:40pm at Old Garage area in Osogbo, but his security details were able to disperse the hoodlums and bring normalcy to the area.
Reacting to the incident, the state government warned that no one is above the law regardless of their past glories or future aspirations.
The government in a statement issued by Osun State Commissoner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode said security agencies have been well briefed about the activities of these mischief makers, who have set themselves on a collision course with the law.
The statement, said, “The government has credible report that some misguided cowards have invaded Osogbo, the Osun State capital with armed thugs to foment trouble.
“Their interest is simply to attempt to thwart the peace of the state and create fear in the minds of the good people of Osun counting on a long-lost influence.
Egbemode advised parents and guardians to warn their children and wards not to allow themselves to be used by evil men to achieve their sinister motives.