September 24, 2014 – At least three youths who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and two members of All Progressives Congress (APC) were killed in a renewed clash between supporters of the two political parties in Lagos Island at weekend.
In addition, some youths who were determined to carry out a reprisal attacks on each other were arrested by the police on Sunday night. Meanwhile about 20 operational vehicles of the Lagos State crime fighting outfit, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have been deployed to various positions in Lagos Island to curtail any incident.
We gathered reliably that a 48 year-old Prince Azeez Ottun Adebambo Dosunmu, popularly called ‘Ashake’ resident at Agbo-Olokun Street, Isale-Eko was with his associates who recently decamped to APC in front of his house when the onslaught began.
Ashake was said to be putting on a vest with APC inscription and accosted supporters of PDP that were doing political rally on their way to Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS). What followed was hot argument, which eventually turned to physical combat and use of dangerous weapons like dane guns.
We gathered that Ashake was hit on chest and he died on the spot. His boys were also hit by bullets but were rushed to the Lagos General hospitals for treatment.
We were informed that following the death of Ashake, some APC supporters mobilized for reprisal attack on the following day and shot dead three PDP supporters at Isale-Eko, while another APC youths who survived earlier attack with Ashake was killed during the fracas.
“The reprisal attack by the APC thugs was fearful because, they came in a bus and went to the portion where the PDP people doing merry-merry and brought out guns and shot three youths out of the supporters that were there. Instantly, some PDP members too responded and shot one of the APC boys called Dayo”, the source revealed.
The five victims have since been buried by their respective families with the escort of the police. Meanwhile, the Lagos police command along with the State Task Force on Environmental and Special offences have continued to raid perceived hideout of the gangs.
Residents on the Island are now in panic as. Most residence now locks their gate at 7 or 8pm so as to prevent invasion of their houses. The Police Spokesperson, Lagos Command, Ngozi Briade who confirmed the report said that many of the perpetrators have been arrested, while the operation is still on to apprehend the rest of them