Hoodlums attack minister, Soun of Ogbomoso, chiefs, vandalise palace

Suspected hoodlums on Sunday disrupted a meeting between the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare; the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, and other chiefs.

The meeting was disrupted when some hoodlums attacked the Soun’s palace in Ogbomoso.

It was learnt that security operatives rescued the minister, the traditional ruler and other chiefs at the meeting.

But it could not be confirmed if the hoodlums targeted the minister and others at the meeting.

The minister, who confirmed the report, lamented that the hoodlums pelted those at the meeting with stones and destroyed properties in the palace.

He tweeted, “Ogbomoso- Hoodlums, thugs and miscreants distrupt stakeholders meeting in Soun’s palace now -invading, stoning and breaking doors, glasses. Soun, myself and council chiefs were scurried into safety by the police and Department of State Services.

“The hoodlums broke into the palace and destroyed chairs, overturned tables, broke windows. These were not youth or Students. These were miscreants and thugs who saw a window of opportunity in the protest which (was) since abated. Thankfully, Soun, the chiefs, leaders of Parapo are safe.”

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He expressed surprise that the Soun’s palace was attacked, saying that peace had been restored.

“Ogbomoso youths are law-abiding. But hoodlums have taken over. A combined team of operation Burst from Ibadan and a unit from Iliorin are now on ground in Ogbomoso to help keep the peace, protect the peaceful and innocent and also stop criminal elements. Soun of Ogbomosho yesterday and today personally appealed to this group to stop violence,” Dare said.

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