Party member reportedly shot dead at APC congress in Agege

Party member reportedly shot dead at APC congress in Agege

The All Progressives Congress (APC) local government congress in Agege, Lagos state, has reportedly turned bloody after a man was allegedly shot dead during a fracas that ensued after voting had ended on Saturday, May 12.

Premium Times reports that deceased identified as Nurudeen Olanose, was allegedly shot at Central School, Dopemu, while two others are in critical condition.

The newspaper stated that nine people have been arrested and taken to Area G Police Division in Agege over the violence that trailed the congress.

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A witness claimed the violence broke out after Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, visited the venue of the poll.

“Obasa came to the venue at Dopemu, from nowhere a gunshot killed one of the party members. As he was going, his security men just dragged the guy that was shot, they dropped him on the other side of the road in order for him to pass and run away,” said the witness who declined to be named.

“Not quite 10 minutes later, another person was shot (dead) by Obasa’s boys again, and one other person was shot by the leg.”

However, the spokesperson for the Lagos speaker, Musibau Razak, said Obasa did not attend the congress at Dopemu.

He said: "From my investigation, it is the APC local government congress in Agege and those who were supposed to be at the congress venue were there, they did their congress and left. But you know in politics, there will always be disgruntled elements, I think that was what happened.

“What happened at Dopemo had nothing to do with my boss.

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“Of course, as a member of APC and a Speaker, if anything happens he will be contacted and he will make necessary arrangement for peace to reign. Policemen were there, SSS were there, the INEC was there, so nobody should link that thing to the Speaker. The Speaker’s effort is to maintain peace.”

Similarly, Rotimi Sulyman, the media adviser to Ganiyu Egunjobi, the chairman of Agege local government said Obasa was nowhere near the congress venue when the violence broke out.

Meanwhile, delay in the distribution of election materials have left voters stranded in most parts of Kaduna metropolis, Chikun and Igabi Local Areas who turned out to elect their local government officials on Saturday, May 12.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that election materials were yet to be deployed to voting centres monitored as at 11:00 am, raising concerns among some of the as to whether the election would hold.

In parts of Chikun, Kaduna South and Kajuru LGAs the election materials were yet to be distributed.

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