The Senator who went to represent Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a Guest of Honour at the programme, however, escaped unhurt alongside his entourage who came under a hale of bullets at about 10.30 am.
Salami, who represented Osun Central Senatorial District between 1999 and 2003 at the National Assembly was travelling to Iwo town to attend the 2011 edition of an annual Ramadan lecture organized by Arabic and Islamic Propagation Centre, Iwo.
Senator Salami’s car was about to enter Songbe town from Iwoye village which was about 30 kilometers to Osogbo, the state capital when the 20-man suspected armed robbery gang opened fire on the black-coloured Toyota Sequoia jeep with registration number Lagos TX 494 AAA.
Apparently aiming at demobilizing him, the robbers who were described by eye witnesses as Bororo Fulani herdsmen reportedly fired about 60 bullets at the right side of the jeep where the former Senator was seated.
The robbers had successfully halted the advancement of Senator Salami’s two-car convoy at gun point and began raining bullets on him.
One of the robbers who was reported to have drawn his dagger knife unsuccessfully attempted to break the windshield.
The convoy then made a successful detour by reversing the drive for more than three kilometers and returned to Awo, the headquarters of Egbedore Local Government to report to a detachment of the Nigeria Police who then led the Senator and his entourage to the robbery point.
Before the police arrived the scene, one of the motorists who got to the point was not so lucky as he was found in a pool of his own blood arising from the injuries he sustained from machete cuts on his shoulder.
Curiously, the robbers operated very close to where the Fulani cheese sellers were selling their wares along the road and were unaffected by the heavy gunfire from the automatic weapons fired by the gang.
However, the robbers had fled the scene before the police team who responded to the distress call made by Senator Salami.