Nigerian parliamentarian assassinated

A member of Nigeria's parliament was killed on Friday in an apparent assassination, a top police officer said.

Nigerian parliamentarian assassinated

A member of Nigeria's parliament was killed on Friday in an apparent assassination, a top police officer said.

Parliamentarian Olusegun Oladimeji, 62, was shot dead at an eatery in Ejioku in the Lagelu council area of Oyo State in the south west of the country. He had been a local council chairman for the area.

Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Bureau in the state, Taiwo Lakanu, told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur DPA that no arrest had been made, but that investigations were underway.

Oladimeji had been in the company of two of his legislative aides when he was killed. He had arrived in Ibadan, the state capital from Abuja the night before to appear before an election petition tribunal handling a petition filed against his election.

One of the aides, Peter Dairo, who sustained gunshot wounds during the attack, said that the two assailants, dressed in black suits, had alighted from an unmarked car and the eatery, where they demanded to see the victim.

They shot Oladimeji at close range when he identified himself as the person they were looking for, according to the aide.

DPA

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