According to SaharaReporters, Obasanjo stormed the area with a truckload of armed security operatives and he personally flogged Mrs Adebayo several times with a horse whip (Koboko) for an alleged ‘theft’ of N160 million.
A resident of the area, who witnessed the incident, but asked not to be named for safety reasons, said Obasanjo was heard shouting “Omolaja, ole! Abiodun, ole! Won loji N160m (Omolaja thief! Abiodun thief! They said you stole N160m)” during the incident.
“Obasanjo came from his Ota farm abode at exactly 5:00am while people were still sleeping. He was accompanied by fiery-looking security men armed to the teeth who condoned the residence of the Adebayos.
“He immediately called out Mrs Adebayo and ordered the mobile policemen with him to form a barricade. He then proceeded with a horse whip (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,” the eyewitness said.
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.
Residents of the community, who also witnessed the incident and were contacted for more details, but all declined to comment 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.
KanyiDaily recalled last year, Obasanjo’s wife, Taiwo Obasanjo had alleged that the former president sent assassins to kill her and her son because they were supporting President Muhammadu Buhari.