The Publisher of The Impact Newspaper, an Ikorodu based print and online news medium, Kunle Adelabu, was on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, attacked by a suspected hoodlum identified as Yusuf Omidele.
It was learnt that Adelabu was attacked by Yussuf inside the event hall of the Ikorodu Local Government Secretariat during the first Year Account of stewardship ceremony of Hon. Wasiu Adeshina, the Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government. The suspected hoodlum also issued threat to Adelabu’s life, InsideMainland gathered.
Speaking after the incident, Adelabu said the attack was an unprovoked and calculated attempt by his attacker to silent and intimidate him. “While carrying out my duty as a reporter during the Account of Stewardship event of Hon. Wasiu Adeshina, the Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government, I was hit by a heavy blow on my left ear from behind. On turning back, I discovered that it was Yusuf Omidele.
“On enquiry from him over the attack, Yussuf pointed his right hand at me and said, I had warned you that I am going to deal with you decisively. You have been writing about me and I am not yet done with you. He threatened to inflict more pains on me.
“This is the second time that Yussuf would be threatening my life due to the stories that I wrote on the mayhem perpetrated by some hoodlums who unleashed terror on Obun-Ale/Itun-Nla/Ojurowo/Eti-Gutter/Obun-Ale/Itagbodo areas of Ikorodu recently.”
Adelabu noted that he called the attention of Councilors present to report the attack and to the Chairman of the council. “While in pains, I called the attention of some Councilors and others to the attack on my person. I also went straight to the chairman’s office to report the matter, but on getting there, the Secretary to the Local Government, who had already been informed about the incident, was reporting the matter to the Chairman.”
Meanwhile, Adelabu said he has been experiencing such harassment and intimidations from different quarters recently. “Recently, I have been experiencing attacks and intimidations from different quarters in Ikorodu. I was recently attacked by another thug from Ojurowo and I had to let go of the matter after several interventions”, he stated.
He concluded saying “a criminal complaint has since been lodged at the Ikorodu Division Police headquarters along Igbogbo road” adding that he would press charges against his assaulter.