Suspected thugs allegedly loyal to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, on Saturday reportedly shot and killed two persons at the local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos.
The first person, Nurudeen Olanose, was shot dead when the speaker and his entourage allegedly got to the venue of the congress at Central School, Dopemu when a fracas broke out after voting had ended, Premium Times reports.
Two persons while on a critical condition while nine others were arrested by the police.
Premium Times quotes a witness as saying: “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 for “political reasons”.
He added: “Not quite 10 minutes later, another person was shot (dead) by Obasa’s boys again, and one other person was shot by the leg.”
Rotimi Sulyman, Media Adviser to Ganiyu Egunjobi, the Chairman of Agege local government, said one person died from the violence.
He also said that Obasa was “nowhere near” the congress venue.
Spokesman for the speaker, Musbau Rasak, did not respond to an SMS from Metrostarng seeking comments on the incident.
He, however, earlier told Premium Times that his boss eas not at the venue.
“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.
” 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.”