Panic In Lagos As Clash Between PDP, APC Youths Leaves Three Dead
Commercial activities in most parts of the economic hub of Lagos Island has been paralysed due to fears that violent clash which broke out between youths in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the ALL Progressives Congress over the weekend might resurface again.
The violence between the two opposing youths which started on Saturday and spilled to Sunday has left at least three persons dead.
Trouble started immediately after President Goodluck Jonathan and other PDP national leaders ended a rally at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday.
The rally, which was attended by leaders of PDP, including President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Nnamadi Sambo, created discomfort for residents of the state, as several roads around the venue were closed by security operatives, causing traffic in the densely populated region.
It was learnt that some boys known as the Abija group, attacked and killed a chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Azeez Asake.
Two of the assailants identified as Olokodana and Ade Lawyer were said to have led the attack on the deceased.
The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressive Congress said Olokodana and Ade Lawyer were supporters of the Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro.
The APC in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said Obanikoro’s boys also killed one Wasiu Lawal in Ajah last week.
According to, “After the PDP South-West rally in Lagos on Saturday, one Alhaji Azeez Asake of the APC was shot and killed by the notorious Abija group led by one Olokodana and Ade Lawyer loyal to Senator Musliu Obanikoro; a junior minister in the Ministry of Defence.”
Although this claim was denied by an aide to the fomer Senator who does not want to be named, the situation got worse on Sunday afternoon, when two PDP youths were allegedly killed by APC youths in Ebute Ero in retaliation of Asake’s murder.
It was learnt that it took a combined team of policemen from several formations to restore peace in the area.
But while the clashes may have ended on Sunday, fears that another round of violence would break out on Monday pervades the air.
A resident who did not want to be named told TheCable that a fresh crisis could break out on Monday because the burial of one of those affected would hold later in the day and his colleagues could decide to avenge his death.
“No one is really safe around here anymore. These touts might strike today,” he said.
“It is in their habit to cause serious trouble during the burial of any of their members who dies during violence. We just hope that government will provide adequate security.”
Most banks, shops and houses around Idumagbo, Enuowa, Ashogbon, Idumota did not open for business, while the few who did, operated in panic mode. The banks around Nnamdi Azikiwe street particularly experienced low patronage and an unusual presence of policemen.
TheCable said it obtained an internal memos of a bank in the area updating staff on the situation and recommending early closure from work.
“This is to notify you of the civil unrest that took place in Idumota/Idumagbo axis over the past weekend. This was a fallout of the PDP rally that took place on the Island on Saturday and this emanated into thugs of the party and the opposition party involving in a free-for-all fight in which we learnt four people were killed,” one read.
“The camp of those killed have promised to retaliate; and as a result of this, there is visible tension in the environment. All the shops in the area are locked while traders are seen hanging around in groups.
“All the banks we visited in the vicinity are not open for business for now, but their staff are in their premises, scanning the environment just as we too are doing. We are not open to customers too at the moment but we are still in the branch watching out to know how the development unfolds.”
Another memo read: “Dear all, please hurry up, balance well and vacate the branch once 4.00pm, as the situation in the area is not okay. Our lives and bank assets are very key.”
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