- Property worth millions of naira destroyed
Youths suspected to be political thugs on Monday attacked filling stations owned by marketers in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.
The marketers reportedly shut their outlets in deference to a directive by the leadership of unions in the oil sector.
Property worth millions of naira were destroyed in the attack, which began about 7am.
The hoodlums were armed with axes, cutlasses, bottles and other weapons.
Governor Ayo Fayose, featuring in his monthly media chat, “Meet Your Governor”, on Monday night, said he had tried his best to restrain youths who came to the Government House, declaring their readiness to attack filling stations that refused to sell petrol to the public.
He mentioned Sulaiman Akinbami, whom he accused of “coming from Osun State to cause problem in Ekiti State.”
The governor accused petrol dealers of attempting to disrupt the funeral of ex-Military Governor of the defunct Western State Maj.-Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo last weekend.
The attack started at NIPCO Filling Station owned by the state Secretary of the Petrol Dealers Association of Nigeria (PEDAN), Alhaji Akinbami, whom the thugs accused of collecting N50 million from a political party. They alleged that he was the mastermind of the strike.
The hoodlums destroyed refrigerators, smashed soft drinks and poured engine oil on the floor. They chased away attendants and caused panic.
Two filling stations operated by Tetra Abby Company on Adebayo Road and Dallimore Street were vandalised by the thugs. They are owned by a marketer, Ade Bank.
A worker at NIPCO Filling Station said: “The thugs came in three vehicles, one Hilux van with government’s number plate and two mini buses, popularly called Akoto. They chanted war songs, chased everybody away and disrupted traffic.
“The hoodlums were armed with weapons. We escaped through the back fence because they were determined to kill.
“The six dispensing machines were vandalised. Lubricants and other items were damaged.”
Contacted on the phone, Akinbami alleged that his life was in danger.
He denied collecting N50million from a party.
Akinbami said: “The Ekiti State government has declared war against me and my family. My life is in danger. I’m hiding somewhere. I cannot say when I will come to Ekiti State. I’m from Osun State.
Governor Fayose, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, called for restraint over attacks on petrol stations.
He said: “Nobody should take the law into his hands.”