Gunmen shoot Ekiti lawmaker

A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Michael Adedeji, was shot in the early hours of Friday by some gunmen while he was travelling to Akure, Ondo State capital.

The Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker was one of the legislators that partook in the removal of the former Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, and the subsequent election of an All Progressives Congress legislator, Adeniran Alagbada, as the new occupant of the position.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Segun Adewumi, told journalists in Ado Ekiti that Adedeji, representing Ekiti Southwest Constituency II was shot in the head.

According to him, Adedeji was first treated at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, before he was transferred to the Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido Ekiti.

Adewumi said, “When he was accosted on the way, the lawmaker wanted to flee the scene by putting his car on reverse, but these evil men opened fire on his vehicle and the bullets hit him on the head.

“He was immediately taken to the hospital in Ado Ekiti where he received emergency treatment,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Caleb Ikechukwu, said the incident had not been reported to him.

“We have not been officially briefed but when we have the information, we shall act appropriately,” he said.

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