A 27 year old man was killed while several others were injured on Friday, when two factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), engaged in a supremacy battle at Odunfa area of Lagos Island. The victim, Adeoye Busari, was preparing for the Jumat service, when he was attacked and slaughtered by a man identified simply as Azeez.
It was learnt that after Busari was slaughtered, his head was then shattered with stones, while his body was later dumped inside a gutter. Witnesses said many residents sustained various degrees of injury as a result of sporadic gunshots.
The armed hoodlums were said to be over 50. The clash paralysed commercial activities in the area. “The clash started on Friday, after some hoodlums, who were loyal to the incumbent chairman, Sego, came to Odunfa Street and started attacking those loyal to the factional leader, Jamiu Erinfolami. Erinfolami is supposed to be made the chairman.
The faction members came and started vandalising vehicles parked on the streets. They also looted shops,” a resident said. When our correspondent visited the area on Saturday, streets like Onala, Massey, Okepopo, Odunfa and Apatir, were littered with broken bottles on the road. Vehicles with shattered windscreens were also seen.
Another resident, Mrs. Tawa Adio, said: “The crisis started last Thursday after some hoodlums, suspected to be loyalists of the incumbent chairman from Onala, stormed Odunfa Street and started chasing people. But there were no casualties that day. The following day, which was Friday, the hoodlums came and also started shooting sporadically.
They destroyed people’s shops. “The late Busari, who was preparing for the Jumat service, was attacked and slaughtered by Azeez. Busari’ s head was shattered with stones, while his body was later dumped in a gutter in the area. The deceased would have survived the attacked, but many people had disappeared for fear they might be attacked.
Busari was tortured before he was killed. ” Another resident, who did not want her name mentioned, explained that the hoodlums actually came to kill the factional chairman. She said: “They were not satisfied with the killing of Busari.
The hoodlums , who were armed with broken bottles, went into mosques in the community, throwing bottles at those praying. They disrupted the Jumat service and injured worshippers.” The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO ), Dolapo Badmus, confirmed the story.
She said: “There was a report that at Okepopo, Odunfa and Onola streets, Lagos Island, some hoodlums engaged themselves in physical combat. In the process, they damaged seven vehicles’ windscreens. And also, a vehicle, belonging to the police, who went there to restore peace, was damaged. “However, three suspects, Komeji Idris, Ola Saka and Ishola Adams, were arrested in connection with the case. They were arraigned in court on July 8, 2016.”
Source: New Telegraph