ABEOKUTA – Suspected political thugs on Monday caused Panic as they Invaded Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Isabo area of Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
The thugs suspected to be supporters of the all Progressives Congress, APC, stormed the court and its environment, armed with canes with which opposition members were flogged out of the premises.
The barricade at both ends of the Isabo Junction-Kuto road could not stop the political thugs roving around on bikes and feet.
One of the thugs who was seen right in front of the court with number of canes in his hands, adorned a traditional yellow cap of Governor Dapo Abiodun supporters. The cap had the logo of Ogun state on it.
The tribunal commenced sitting on Monday to hear the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu, against Governor Abiodun and the APC.
In the presence of policemen and other security agents, the thugs attacked any identified opposition party members with canes, the victims were beaten, even while running for safety.
Some of the thugs were seen on Okada roaming the streets within the court.
A policeman was reportedly said, “there is nothing we can do, we can’t arrest them. Everything about Ogun is always different.”
A PDP member, who was one of those attacked by the thugs, said he lost his phone, money and other items in his possession while being beaten.
As at the time of filing this report, members of the PDP have fled the court premises to avoid further attacks.
A PDP governorship aspirant, Segun Sowunmi, who is a known critic of Abiodun’s administration, was also attacked by the thugs.
Reacting to the incident, Showunmi said it was regrettable that, security operatives were helpless as the as they were being attacked.
“It is so unfortunate, the police looked on and felt unconcerned the thugs were carrying out their act.
“The thugs roamed about with canes in their hands, police made no attempt to arrest them or stop them from causing chaos”, Showunmi said.