The Chairman of the Apapa Local Government Area chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Hon. Borishade Adeniyi, has been shot dead.
The PDP chairman was shot dead on Saturday at a peace visitation meeting of the Lagos State chapter of the party in Igbosuku village, Eti-Osa Local Government Area.
According to information provided by the Lagos State Police Command on Sunday, the meeting, which started at about 6pm, ended in bloodletting as fracas broke out.
The fracas was said to have been among the contending factions of the party involving the factions loyal to the the State Chairman, Hon. Moshood Adegoke Sabadon, and the Eti-Osa LG Chapter Chairman, Engr. Kehinde Fasasi.
In the melee, Adeniyi, recognised also as the doyen of the PDP LG Chapter Chairmen in Lagos State, was allegedly shot and injured on the leg.
He was rushed to First Consultant Hospital, Obalende, Lagos, where he was treated but eventually died.
The corpse of the deceased has been deposited in the hospital’s mortuary.
Two other persons allegedly injured during the clash are also receiving treatment in a hospital in Ajah.
The Commissioner, Lagos State Police Command, Edgal Imohimi, has directed the Area Commander in-charge of Area ‘J’ Elemoro, to ensure the arrest of all those allegedly involved in the crime.
Owing to this, five principal suspects have been arrested.
They are Fasasi; Hon. Rotimi Kujore, PDP chapter chairman, Lagos Island LG; Alhaji Fatai Adele, PDP chapter chairman, Mushin LG; Ismail Abiola, PDP chapter chairman, Amuwo Odofin LG; and Dr. Amos Alabi Fawole, PDP chapter chairman, Surulere LG.
The five suspects have been transferred to SCIID, Panti for further investigation.
A statement by the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Chike Oti, Imohimi is worried about the use of firearms and the frequency of violence involving the PDP in the state.
On July 12, 2018, two suspected party thugs: Wale Oye, 37; and Ganiyu Ajiboluwa, 47 – were arrested at Festac Extension by Apple Junction, Amuwo Odofin with two pump action rifles allegedly given to them by their hirer, one Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State House of Assembly, to escort him to a political rally.
The said Olorunrinu was arrested and they are all helping the police in the investigation of the case.
Oti added: “CP warns that no political party will be allowed to truncate the peace in the state. He therefore calls on all political parties in Lagos to disarm their members as nobody without necessary authorisation is permitted to bear firearms. He added that henceforth, political party leaders will be liable for the actions of their supporters.”