There was pandemonium yesterday at the Lagos All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial rally flag-off where three persons feared killed, journalists injured with bullet wounds.
Trouble started when Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was delivering his speech at about 12noon and all-of-a-sudden, it was interrupted by a gunshot from hoodlums and security officials
This development was followed by stampede as people fled for their dear lives.
Our correspondent gathered that Despite the chaos, the governor continued his address and handed the microphone to the party’s candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who excitedly delivered the vote of thanks.
The hoodlums took advantage of the confusion and robbed people of their phones, money and other valuables. An official of the National Union of Road and Transport Workers Union (NURTW) Musiliu Akinsanya (also known as Oluomo) was reportedly assaulted and wounded in the clash.
The group political editor of The Nation, Emmanuel Oladesu; a correspondent with News Telegraph, Temitope Ogunbanke; and a cameraman with Ibile Television, Abiodun Yusuf, sustained bullet wounds.
Reacting to the developments, the Lagos state APC Chairman, Mr Tunde Balogun, while briefing journalist apologized on behalf of the party over the chaos at the event. He said: “Sorry about everything. We organized a peaceful rally but some people who are not part of the party infiltrated it and disorganized the whole thing.
“We organized our rally to garner support. So, how can we be fighting ourselves? We know that some people came to settle scores here but that was not the right place to settle such. Everybody was enjoying the event until the pandemonium started.“I am so sorry about the journalists that were hit by bullets. Our party does not have scores to settle with reporters. We didn’t expect to have such occurrences.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos state police command had declared one Mustapha Adekunle Aka Seigo wanted for allegedly disrupting the APC Guber rally flag-off yesterday
In a statement made available to urban express news online through the public relation officer, CSP chike Oti said Mustapha Adekunle Aka Seigo, a National Union of roads Transport Workers (NURTW) chieftain was alleged to have come with a group of people and were identified at the entrance as supporters of the party.
Oti, however, said at the tail end of the event, Seigo and his group for a reason yet to be determined, violently engaged other supporters of the party
In that process, one Mc Oluomo, another NURTW Chieftain was stabbed and was rushed to the hospital where he is currently recuperating while other two victims of the attack were taken to another hospital adding that the crises were however contained by the policemen at the venue.
Continuing, Oti said although, the commissioner of police, Mr. imohimi Edgal had initially meet with the leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and other affiliate group where all agreed to eschew violence before, during and after electioneering campaign, adding that it therefore surprising that a prominent member of the union would attempt to violently disrupt a peaceful political rally.
“The command wishes to encourage the members of the public with useful information on the whereabouts of Mustapha Adekunle popularly known as Seigo to report such at the nearest police station”
He said the command had already arrested two persons in connection with the incident.