A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos has been shot dead at the party’s local government congress in Agege.
Reports say the deceased, identified as Nurudeen Olanose, was shot at Central School, Dopemu, during a fracas that ensued after voting had ended on Saturday.
The report said two others are in critical condition while nine people have been arrested and taken to Area G Police Division in Agege.
Premium Times quotes a witness as saying that Nurudeen was shot in the violence that broke out after Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, visited the venue.
The online newspaper quotes the 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”.
“Not quite 10 minutes later, another person was shot (dead) by Obasa’s boys again, and one other person was shot by the leg.”
Musibau Razak, the spokesperson for the Lagos Speaker, said his principal did not attend the congress at Dopemu.
“It is a lie,” Mr Razak told Premium Times.
“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.
“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.”
Rotimi Sulyman, Media Adviser to Ganiyu Egunjobi, the Chairman of Agege local government, said one person died from the violence.
He also said that Mr Obasa was “nowhere near” the congress venue.