The protracted crisis within the Ogun State assumed a worrisome dimension on Sunday (today) when Suspected Thugs loyal to the lawmaker representing Remo Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu vandalised campaign buses of the Kashamu/Abati Campaign Organisation.
The Suspected Thugs were led by three guys who were simply identified as Eniba, Scorpion and Easy.
The lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu and Adebutu were among the dignitaries who graced the Annual thanksgiving service of the former Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Otunba Gbenga Daniel in Sagamu.
Kashamu and Adebutu have been locked in a battle of wits – until recently – over the control of the Ogun State PDP structure and the Governorship ticket which Kashamu holds.
According to an eye-witness account, trouble, it was learnt, started when Adebutu spurned attempts by Kashamu to exchange pleasantries with him at the Tabernacle of His Glory venue of the service.
Surprised at Adebutu’s petulant behaviour, Senator Kashamu quietly walked away to greet other dignitaries.
But, as he walked away, someone was said to muttered that Adebutu should respect his superiors.
Angered by the comment, Adebutu reportedly pushed the man who almost fell in the church.
On regaining balance, the man was said to have retaliated by raining some blows on Adebutu.
Unable to control his anger, Adebutu stormed out of the church auditorium despite the entreaties from the host and other guests.
He and a former Chairman of Sagamu Local Government, Prince Daisi Akintan, who were threatening fire and brimstone as they stormed out were later said to have ordered their thugs to attack Senator Kashamu and his supporters.
Hell was let loose and the cudgel, matchete and gun-wielding thugs began to attack people, vandalising vehicles, banners, posters and billboards, even as they shot sporadically into the air.
It took the intervention of a combined team of armed security men from the Police, State Security Service (SSS), the
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Vigilance Service (NVS) before normalcy was restored.
But, by the time the dust settled, no fewer than five buses branded in the name of the Kashamu/Abati Campaign Organisation had been vandalised, leaving in its wake smashed and broken screens and smithereens of glass.
The incident was said to have reported at the Area Command of the Nigeria Police in Sagamu.
See pictures of the vandalised buses below: