Obasanjo was said to have personally flogged Mrs. Adebayo several times with a horsewhip (Koboko) for an alleged ‘theft’ of N160m.
Residents of Olaogun in Ifo Ibogun area of Ogun State were shocked on Tuesday when a former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, stormed the area with a truckload of armed security operatives and allegedly physically assaulted the wife of his close relative and top confidant, Adebayo Molaja.
It was not clear how the issue came about and what actually prompted the former President, who is also a retired military general, to take such action.
A resident of the area, who asked not to be named for safety reasons, however, told media that Obasanjo was heard shouting “Omolaja, ole! Abiodun, ole! Won loji N160m (Omolaja thief! Abiodun thief! They said you stole N160m)” during the incident.
The resident added, “Obasanjo came from his Ota farm abode at exactly 6:55am while people were still sleeping. He was accompanied by fiery-looking security men armed to the teeth who condoned the residence of the Adebayo’s He immediately called out Mrs. Adebayo and ordered the mobile policemen with him to form a barricade. He then proceeded with a horsewhip(Koboko) to personally flog the woman several times.
“Many residents of the community were shocked. Hundreds of commercial bike riders popularly called Okada parked at the scene wondering whether there was an armed robbery incidence or any other tragic occurrence.”
Other residents of the community, who witnessed the incident and were contacted by the press for comments all declined to citing safety concerns.
Attempts to get the reaction of Kehinde Akinyemi, spokesperson for Obasanjo, was unsuccessful as his telephone line was not reachable at the time of this report.