Otunba Olugbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun state has accused Senator Buruji Kashamu (PDP, Ogun) of plotting to have him killed at his residence in Abuja.
Otunba Gbenga Daniel, in a letter to Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, titled: Re: Assassination Attempt on my Person; Main Suspect, Senator Buruji Kashamu said Kashamu sent Assassins to his home on Thursday, August 24th.
In the letter, OGD narrated how, “5 hefty men, 2 of them in Military fatigue, 3 others in Black clothes approached the gate honking that the gate be opened. The gateman peeped through the pedestrian gate asking for their identity and mission, they refused to wind down.
“Gateman then opened the Pedestrian gate to further inquire innocently. They asked for his boss “OGD” and he told them I was not at home. The 5 men instantly alighted from the car and pushed the gateman forcefully into the compound and started beating him saying he was lying and that they had information that I was at home.
“They thereafter asked him how many policemen were in the house and he told them five (5) men. They further asked him to show them where the Policemen were. He led them into the Boys Quarters and they found one of the Policemen lying down and they asked for his service gun. He told them it is not with him, they then pushed him into the toilet and locked him there.
“They returned to the Gatekeeper and told him to start showing them around the house where the other Policemen were while insisting that they have accurate information that “OGD” is in Abuja and at home. They spotted one of the workers at home and they nearly killed him believing he could be one of the Policemen.
“Meanwhile the Police that was locked in the toilet luckily had his gun kept in that toilet. He took his gun, went through the ceiling and landed in another main toilet that was not locked and started firing his gun. That was when they fled, took to their heels and escaped. They were said to be carrying shotguns while one of them who carried a bigger gun stood to watch at the gate as the operation lasted. Nothing was removed from the house. They reportedly came in a black Camry and the 6th person was said to be the Driver who stayed put in the car on standby.
Daniel who asked for increased police protection said the main suspect in the attempt was Senator Kashamu Buruji
OGD narrated, “It is public knowledge that there is no love lost between Senator Kashamu and me.
In the last 8 years that we disagreed politically, he has not stopped maligning my character in every way possible. On one occasion, he confessed publicly and wrote in National newspapers saying that he spent over three billion naira (N3b) to destabilize and destroy my administration, using his own words.
“On another occasion, he gathered some fake documents and sought for people who can lie on oath that I killed students and sucked their blood; with all manner of fictions on sundry issues and got these published in various online news medium that I stole campaign funds!!!
“All these I took in my strides as part of the price for participating in government and politics, including the spurious EFCC charges promoted by the current government in Ogun State.
“On several other occasions, he has boasted in the company of his friends that he will not rest until he sees my end.
“This renewed offensive was as a result of the recent Supreme court ruling placing his own faction at a disadvantage and ending the reign of his control over the State Executive committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun state, which was all secured through various controversial court orders without any democratic process whatsoever.
“It is Kashamu’s belief that I was the brain behind his loss of power and relevance in Ogun State PDP, and he felt I must be brought down by all means.
“This much he stated in an online publication on 24/08/17.
It is true that I have been in Abuja two days ago to solidarize with the new State Caretaker committee for the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State sworn in on Wednesday 23/08/17, a day before the incident. It is also true that I slept in my house in Abuja on Wednesday 23/08/17, But Senator Kasamu’s informant did not know I left Abuja on Thursday 24/08/17 afternoon (the day of the incident), with Senator Ahmed Makarfi and others to Ibadan on a peace mission to the Oyo State PDP from where I travelled to Ekiti. It was en route to Ekiti last night that this sad incidence was reported to me. The matter has since been reported to the Police authorities.”