A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Mudashiru Baraka was, Wednesday, assassinated in his family house in Oyo township
According to a statement by Oyo state PDP Publicity Secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji, the party chieftain was assassinated in the early hours of the day by yet to be identified gunmen.
Engr Olatunji in the statement said some other PDP members escaped from the scene with various degrees of injuries, saying the late Alhaji Baraka, who hailed from Ward 4 Tengba of Oyo East local government area had gone to his family house in the spirit of the yuletide to celebrate with his parents.
The PDP publicity secretary said the deceased was waylaid and threatened by notorious thugs after which he reported the threats to Operation Burst in the area with the security personnel accompanying him back to his family house to effect necessary security action but the assailants absconded, and that after Operation Burst men had departed the area, the assailants stormed the family house of the deceased where he was reportedly murdered in cold blood.
“The gruesome killing of our members, Mudashiru Baraka, a PDP member from Ward 4 Tengba, Oyo East local government is one that will not be allowed to be swept under the carpet. This is so because we have consistently raised series of alarms to forestall such ugly occurrence with no definite outcome”, he said.
” We need to once again remind APC in Oyo state that it is not the only opposition party in the 2023 race and must not turn Oyo state to a theatre of political war with the needless attacks and killings of perceived superior opponents’.
The PDP spokesperson stated the assassination of the PDP chieftain has already been reported at Durbar Police Station in Oyo, adding, ” we call on the state Commissioner of Police who has done creditably well to bring about the relative peace in the state, to immediately step in and expedite action that will guarantee culprits of Baraka’s gruesome murder are brought to justice.”
Reliable police source at the Durbar Police station in Oyo confirmed that the matter was reported at the station and that investigations were ongoing.