Armed robbers waylay Senator Salami along Iwo/Osogbo road


Senator Adebayo Salami narrowly escaped death from suspected armed robbers who laid ambush for his car along Osogbo-Ibadan road on Sunday morning.

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.

9 thoughts on “Armed robbers waylay Senator Salami along Iwo/Osogbo road”

  1. Mr Faaji, that’s not d issue, see the govt shud do something to that road and osundefender, this is wat we poor ppl face on that road daily but u never dare to bring it to the notice of d public but when a notable person is affected now, u bring it up. How I wish the senator wud have been macheted by the gang and the gov comes back from Umrah seeing him with one hand, they will do something urgently to d road!

  2. Mr. Lekan, as much as I agree with you about the condition of the road and the need for government to do something about it, I disagree with you for narrowing the reason(s) for the spate of armed robbery to the condition of the road. Are you saying robbers don’t operate on good and smooth roads? The issue to be addressed is the spate of abject poverty and unemployment in the country. Our leaders must develop a flare for social justice and equity whereby all citizens have access to the resources of the land. Once these issues are addressed, I am sure the spate of armed robbery and other criminal activities will reduced drastically.

  3. Congratulations, Senator Salami. HUNNNNNNNNNN. Fulani!!!!. If this is correct, the Fulanis in those areas should be carefully monitored. We don’t want Boko Haram in Yorubaland.

  4. Segun I agree with your point of abject poverty. Imagine in Nigeria a minimum wage of N18,000.00 which is less than 120 Dollar is very difficult for Govt to pay its workers while some of them in the govt are embezzling billions of Naira. How wish these men would their faces on these type of people.

  5. Please stop blaming armed robbery on poverty. Anyone who thinks the solution to poverty is killing and maiming others needs delivery. I was reading the story of Shina Rambo the other day where he blamed his upbringing on his act of unleashing terror on other Nigerians. Yet he was not arrested and punished after making such public confession. This is why some of us thinks our justice system is a joke. At least in Britain if you commit a crime twenty years ago. Once there is new evidence you will be arrested and punished if only to deter others.

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