Former Ekiti commissioner escapes assassination, husband brutally matcheted

Former Commissioner during the first term of Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti State, Mrs Funke Owoseeni, on Thursday, escaped being murdered by suspected assassins who lay siege on her house located at Ijesa Isu in Ikole Local Government area of the state.

The suspected miscreants attacked her husband, Mr Paul Owoseni with dangerous weapons and his five fingers diced into pieces.

Mrs Owoseeni also served as the Caretaker Chairman of Ikole Council area and she was at a time the Women leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Ekiti State.

Speaking with journalists through telephone chat in Ado Ekiti on Friday, Mrs Owoseeni, said the assailants stormed her house along Ikole road at about 8.30pm and turned off the generating set outside, thereby subjecting the hitherto well- lit environment into absolute darkness.

Mrs Owoseeni described the attack as a politically motivated assassination attempt by those, who according to her had already been divulged to the police during their visit to the scene of the incident around 11 pm on the day the incident happened.

She said while some students resident with her were about restoring light to the building, the evildoer swooped on them and started requesting for where she (Mrs Owoseeni) was at that time.

“When the light went off, we suspected that the generating set was still running outside and we asked those students living with us to go out and check what was happening.

“Few minutes later, we heard them saying please save us and my husband who was not with torchlight rushed out to see what was happening. The impression we first heard was a case of electrocution.

“While my husband rushed out to save the situation, I tried to get my torchlight to be able to see clearly.

“Shortly, the voices changed and I started hearing thief, thief, thief but my husband was already in their midst with those children. But because I went with torchlight, I was able to see them and I had to rush back inside and hid somewhere.

“They brought my husband inside and started asking, where is your wife? We are here for her and not you. When he didn’t tell them where I was, they stared macheting him with dangerous weapons and they did that until they chopped up his fingers and they fled when they saw that he had passed out”, she stated.

Mrs Owoseeni said they immediately rushed her husband to General hospital to stabilize him before he was referred to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital(EKSUTH) for intensive Medicare.

“From EKSUTH, we were referred to Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti and now we are in a private hospital in Abuja, where my husband is receiving treatment.

“I see no reason why someone would want to kill me for raising my voice against injustice in the running of our party. I had given the names of those I suspected to the police for investigation”, she said.

When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti division, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, said the case has not been incidented at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti.

“I have not been briefed but I know that the matter would have been under serious investigation since the victim said our men at Ikole Division had been informed.

“I am going to contact our men at the Criminal Investigation Department(CID) to know how far they have gone about the case”, Ikechukwu said.

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