- Petitions IGP
Former Governor of Ogun State and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Stalwart, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, alleging that Senator Buruju Kashamu is after his life.
In the petition, made available to National Daily, Otunba Gbenga Daniel alleged that Senator Kashamu, representing Ogun East sent 5 men, 2 of them dressed in military fatigue to his Maitama Abuja residence on Thursday 24th of August, 2017 with the intention of assassinating him.
According to the OGD, when the men came, they asked for him, and his gateman told them that he was not around. “The 5 men instantly alighted from the car and pushed the gateman forcefully into the compound and started beating him saying he was lying and that they had information that I was at home.”
“They further asked him to show them where the Policemen were. He led them into the Boys Quarters and they found one of the Policemen lying down and they asked for his service gun. He told them it is not with him, they then pushed him into the toilet and locked him there. They returned to the Gatekeeper and told him to start showing them round the house where the other Policemen were, while insisting that they have accurate information that “OGD” is in Abuja, and at home. They spotted one of the workers at home and they nearly killed him believing he could be one of the Policemen.”
He said luck however ran against the assassin as the Policeman that was locked in the toilet luckily had his gun kept in that toilet. “He took his gun, went through the ceiling and landed in another main toilet that was not locked and started firing his gun. That was when they took to their heels and escaped. They were said to be carrying pistols or shotguns while one of them who carried a bigger gun stood watch at the gate as the operation lasted. Nothing was removed from the house. They reportedly came in a black Camry and the 6th person was said to be the Driver who stayed put in the car on standby.
On why the Senator could be after his life, Otunba Daniel said the two has been having a running battle over political differences. He said the renewed offensive was as a result of the recent Supreme Court ruling placing Kashamu’s faction at a disadvantage and ending the reign of his control over the State Executive committee of the People’s Democratic Party in Ogun state, which were all secured through various controversial court orders without any democratic process whatsoever.
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“It is Kashamu’s belief that I was the brain behind his loss of power and relevance in Ogun State PDP, and he felt I must be brought down by all means.”
“It is true that I have been in Abuja two days ago to solidarize with the new State Caretaker committee for the People’s Democratic Party in Ogun State sworn in on Wednesday 23/08/17, a day before the incident. It is also true that I slept in my house in Abuja on Wednesday 23/08/17, but Senator Kasamu’s informant did not know I left Abuja on Thursday 24/08/17 afternoon (the day of the incident), with Senator Ahmed Makarfi and others to Ibadan on a peace mission to the Oyo State PDP from where I travelled to Ekiti.”
He therefore implore the Police to investigate the matter thoroughly, and also as a matter urgency provides him additional security for protection.