There was confusion at the Ilorin Eid ground which marred the Sallah prayer. According to reports, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was reportedly stoned in Ilorin as he arrived for Eid al-Adha prayers.
Twitter users shared the information that Saraki was pelted with stones and pure water sachets as he arrived in his convoy.
Witnesses said the young people were enraged by the inability of the state government to pay salaries of workers before the Sallah celebration which made some civil servants unable to buy rams.
“Shortly after the senate president and other dignitaries arrived, some people started throwing stones and sachet water in the direction of the Senate president and other important people,” one witness said.
“They started chanting ‘Ole Ole Ole (thief)’, ‘Pay us our salaries’, ‘Where is our bailout money’ and ‘Don’t use bailout money to service Abuja politics.’
Some of the attackers began destroying cars and other property in sight.
The police fought vigorously to restrain the protesters who remained defiant. There was sporadic firing of teargas canisters by the police and security agents.
One of the vehicles destroyed was an unmarked bus, with a federal government number, belonging to the University of Ilorin.
“The protesters erroneously thought the bus was among vehicles in the convoy of the Senate president,” a witness said.
Others who were victims of the mob attack were former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad, ex-Speaker and now a member of the House of Representatives, Razak Atunwa, Rep Amuda Kannike, former National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, the Taliban of Ilorin, Prof. Oba Abdulraheem, members of the State House of Assembly, all the Baloguns, Magajis and prominent leaders in Ilorin Emirate.
Saraki was reportedly disguised or covered up and whisked out of the grounds to save him from the anger of the crowd.
This was the first Eid Saraki would attend as Senate president.

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