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A former commissioner in Ekiti State Mrs Funke Owoseni on Thursday night narrowly escaped death when suspected killers stormed her Ijesa-Isu Ekiti residence.
Mrs Owoseni, who is also a former chairman of a local government caretaker committee, said suspected killers invaded her house located along Ikole Road at about 8.30pm and turned off their generator to enable them operate in the dark.
The former APC Women Leader was able to hide, but her husband Paul Owoseni was not lucky as the assailants overpowered him and chopped off his five fingers when they could not find his wife.
Report from the state says there were some students in her compound who were trying to put on the generator when the devil-minded people pounced on them them and gained entry into the building.
Owoseni said, “When we had blackout, we suspected that the generator was still running outside so we asked the students living with us to check what was happening. A few minutes later, we heard them saying ‘please save us, save us’, then my husband, who was not with a torchlight rushed out to see what wrong. We thought it was a case of electrocution. While my husband rushed out to see what was going on, I tried to get my torchlight to see clearly.
“Shortly, the voices changed and I started hearing ‘thief, thief, thief’ but because I went with a torchlight, I was able to see them and I rushed back inside and hid.
“They forced my husband to lead them inside and started asking, ‘where is your wife? We are here for her and not you’. When he didn’t show them where I was, they started cutting him with dangerous weapons and they did that until they chopped his fingers. They fled when they thought that he had passed out,” she was quoted as saying by The Punch
Her husband was later rushed to a general hospital to stabilise him before he was referred to two teaching hospitals for intensive medical care.
Was it a political attack?
InfomediaNG can’t precisely say but Mrs was quoted as saying that the attack could have be a politically motivated assassination attempt, “I see no reason why someone would want to kill me for raising my voice against injustice in the running of our party.”
Nigerians are at the polls at the time of compiling this report, such cases are likely considering Nigeria’s long history to political attacks and assassinations during elections.