- Joe Igbokwe, the publicity secretary of the APC in Lagos, said the NURTW members who disrupted in the party’s rally were engaged in a supremacy battle
- Igbokwe, however, reportedly said the party is not denying that those involved in the disruption were its members
- Two people were reportedly killed while several others were left injured
Joe Igbokwe, the publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, has allegedly said some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) who disrupted the party’s flag-off campaign on Tuesday, January 8, are members of the party.
The Punch reports that Igbokwe stated this while reacting to comments on a post he made on the rally.
The newspaper adds that the Lagos APC publicity secretary explained that the hoodlums were engaged in a supremacy battle.
He, however, wondered why they brought the fight to the campaign venue of the ruling party.
Igbokwe was quoted to have said: “NURTW took their gang war to our venue, but thank God it was not worse. We are overcomers.”
A Twitter follower, Adeniyi Jones, however, reportedly replied Igbokwe, alleging that the said hoodlums in the NURTW were members of the APC in the southwest.
Igbokwe allegedly replied to him thus: “We are not denying they are our members, but must they take their struggle for power and supremacy to our campaign ground to endanger other people?”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the campaign flag-off of the APC ended abruptly as violence broke out mid-way into the well-attended programme.
Hoodlums suspected to be members of the National Union Road Transport Workers (NURTW) invaded the Skypower Ground Ikeja venue with guns, daggers and other dangerous weapons, engaging one another in a bloody factional fight.
The situation sent panic across the campaign ground as party members ran in different directions to avoid being hit by bullets being fired indiscriminately by the hoodlums.
Two people were reportedly killed while many others were left injured including journalists.
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Meanwhile, the Lagos state police command has arrested two suspects and declared wanted a chieftain of NURTW, Mustapha Adekunle aka Seigo, over the disruption of the APC rally.
The command’s spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, said in a statement that the two persons arrested in connection with the incident were helping the police in their investigation.
Oti said that Siego and his entourage had gained entrance to the rally ground as supporters before his group suddenly attacked another NURTW chieftain popularly known as MC Oluomo.
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