A People’s Democratic Party, PDP lawmaker in Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Adedeji, has been shot by unknown gunmen.
The lawmaker is presently on danger list, as unknown gunmen shot him while travelling to Akure, Ondo State capital on Thursday.
The PDP, lawmaker was one of the legislators who effected the removal of the former Speaker, Hon. Kola Oluwawole and later elected an All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmaker, Hon. Adeniran Alagbada as the new speaker in the state assembly.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Segun Adewumi, told newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday that, Adedeji, representing Ekiti SouthWest constituency II was shot in the head.
Adewumi stated that the lawmaker was immediately rushed to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), where he was admitted at the Accident and Emergency unit for intensive care.
He added that the lawmaker was accosted on the road by the gunmen and was shot while trying to escape the scene by putting his car in reverse.
“When he was accosted on the way, the lawmaker wanted to flee the scene by putting his car on reverse gear to another direction, but these evil men opened fire on his vehicle and the bullets hit him on the head.
“He was immediately taken to the hospital in Ado Ekiti where he received emergency treatment ”, he said.
During a visit by newsmen to the Accident and Emergency Unit of EKSUTH at about 11.40am, one of the staff disclosed that the lawmaker had been referred to the Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido- Ekiti.
“He had been transferred to Ido Ekiti. The bullets hit him in the head and he would have to undergo neurosurgery as soon as possible”.
The Deputy Speaker further revealed on telephone that the lawmaker has been taken to FETHI , where he would have access to CT scanning on his head.
The lawmaker once had problem with the former Governor Ayodele Fayose, and the Oluwawole-led Assembly prior to the PDP governorship primary over his closeness to the Senator representing Ekiti South district, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi.
Olujimi backed the former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye in the primary against Fayose’s preferred candidate and former Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola.
The lawmaker narrowly escaped being hammered with suspension, but his punishment was commuted to tendering of apologies to the former governor, which he did at the house’s parliamentary session.
When called for confirmation, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu , said the incident has not been brought to his notice.
“We have not been officially briefed but when we have the information, we shall act appropriately”, he said.