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Gunmen attack Nigerian WBF boxing champion shortly after he received N10m cheque from Governor Makinde



Gunmen have attacked the current World Boxing Federation, WBF, International Super Feather weight Champion, Ridwan Oyekola aka Scorpion with the boxer miraculously escaping unscathed.

Oyekola received a cheque of 10 million naira from the Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state at the state Secretariat after he defeated his Argentine counterpart, Lucas Montesino at Ilaji Sports Resorts, Ibadan in December 2020.

According to reports, Oyekola was attacked by unknown gunmen after he left the venue of the cheque presentation.

Narrating his ordeal, the champion attributed his survival and that of two other occupants in his car, to the grace of God.

“As we left the government secretariat, the venue of cheque presentation, I wanted to drop a friend that accompanied me to the event at Mokola, I just saw a vehicle and it accosted us along NTA to Total garden area, and the two men were pointing guns at us to stop”

“I was shocked and swerved the car to escape them but fell into a ditch. The assailants drove off after noticing that the car had fallen off from the road.” He added.

It was gathered that Oyekola was with another boxer, Habeeb ‘Ige’ Oladeji, the national bantamweight title holder and a friend, Adesina Sheriff, in the vehicle during the attack but none sustained serious injury except Oyekola who suffered a shock.

Oyekola’s manager and promoter, Sola Ayodele, confirmed the incident, and called on the government to provide adequate security for the boxer, saying the assailants might still be on his trail.

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