Hoodlums have invaded the Agbaji area of Ilorin, where the family residence of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, is located.

No fewer than 11 people were reportedly injured when the hoodlums invaded the area and damaged 50 vehicles on Sunday.

Also, Solagberu and Aliagan mosques, as well as about five buildings in the area were damaged during the attack.

The incident, according to residents of the area, started at about 11.30am when armed thugs stormed the area and shot into the air to scare people away.

According to the President of Agbaji Development Association, Alhaji  Olanrewaju Yusuf, the  thugs were led by some stalwarts of an opposition party.

Yusuf claimed that one of the victims of the attack, a seven-year-old, died.

He said,  “We learnt that a boy in Ode Alausa, just opposite this house (Saraki’s homestead), who was hit by a bullet has died. His name is Abubakare.”

When asked of about age of the boy, he said he was about six or seven years old. However, Yusuf’s claim could not be verified.

He said 11 people, who sustained injuries from gunshots, were taken to the General Hospital, Ilorin, and a private medical facility for treatment.

He said, “The thugs came around 11.30am and shot into the air. In fact, they were provided cover by the police. At least 11 people sustained injuries from bullets, while about 50 cars including that of Imam Aliagan were destroyed.

“The thugs also stole four motorcycles, money and jewelry from shops deserted by their owners”.

The violence, it was gathered, later spread to the Ajikobi and Omoda areas of Ilorin metropolis.

The Punch

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