The Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Bola Ilori, got more than he bargained for.

He was reportedly beaten by suspected political thugs at the zonal meeting of the All Progressive Congress Committee on Restructuring, at the International Event Centre, Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The commissioner, who was one of the representatives of Osun State at the forum, was assaulted when he left the hall to grant a press interview at the entrance.

An eyewitness said as Ilori stood in front of the journalists' cameras and was about talking, one of the thugs went to him and said, ‘What are you looking for in the APC programme? You are an Alliance for Democracy member, what are you looking for here?.”

It was gathered that the thug was later joined by his colleagues to assault the commissioner and tore his clothes and underwear in the process.

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The source said, “The thugs swooped on the commissioner and started beating him. They tore his dress and underwear in the process. He attempted to run away but the thugs would not let him as they held unto him. After stripping the commissioner almost half-naked, they left him with a warning that he should not join the meeting or any programme of the APC again. In fact, it was one of his sympathisers that offered him a shirt to wear.”

The incident angered the delegates from Osun State who disrupted the programme as they were shouting and pushing some members of the Ondo APC in the hall.

It took the intervention of the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Segun Ajiboye, and some security agents to calm frayed nerves. They later escorted Ilori back into the hall in a borrowed shirt.