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8 Jan 2019

Two Dead, NURTW Boss, Mc Oluomo, Others Stabbed As Lagos APC Campaign Rally Turns Bloody

No fewer than nine people, including a leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, were reportedly stabbed on Tuesday during a rally to flag off the campaign of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos.

The rally, which held at the Sky Power Ground, Oba Akinjobi Road, Ikeja, was said to have started peacefully.

However, popular fuji maestro, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, aka K1 De Ultimate, was reportedly thrilling the audience when a gunshot was heard.

Pandemonium thereafter ensued as hoodlums suspected to be supporters of MC Oluomo and other transport unions attacked one another.
Clips of the clash posted online by a publisher, Dele Momodu, showed moments the hoodlums attacked one another with machetes as some fled for safety.

A cascade of gunshots could be heard while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode read his speech and called for support for the flag bearers of the party in the coming elections.

Ambode was reported to have told the crowd that the Police were in control of the situation; but things degenerated as gunshots continued unabated despite the intervention of mobile policemen.

The campaign was cut short, as the party governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, could not address the crowd. He was reported to have rushed the vote of thanks and dispersed the rally.

It was gathered that Police officers engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle, as people ran helter-skelter. In the melee, many people were injured.

Journalists who covered the event were also reported to have fled the scene to avoid being caught in the gunfire as some of them were injured.

Officers of the Lagos State Ambulance Services were said to have conveyed some of the stabbed victims to a hospital.

MC Oluomo, who was among the injured, was also reportedly rushed to the hospital.

The Police spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, said he would call back to react to the incident.

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