One dead, six more injured as thugs attack Lagos area

Credits: Olaleye Aluko - PunchNG

Credits: Olaleye Aluko – PunchNG

Residents of Glover Street in the Lagos Island area on Monday said they had yet to get over how some thugs, said to be loyalists of a political party, attacked youths returning from a campaign rally on Saturday, and hacked one of them to death.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the deceased, Jubril Sulaimon, along with other youths were returning from the All Progressives Congress rally held at the Ports Authority area in Apapa when they were attacked by the thugs at about 5pm.

Our correspondent learnt that while others escaped with bullet wounds, Sulaimon was pursued, hacked with cutlass and left for dead.

It was gathered that some residents later rushed Sulaimon to the Lagos Island General Hospital where he died on Sunday.

A resident claimed that the gun-wielding thugs came back on Sunday and went to Adeniji Adele Road, which made shop owners to close shops, while others scampere for safety.

Policemen from the Adeniji Adele Division were said to have arrived at the scene and made some arrests.

When PUNCH Metro visited the area on Monday, one of the injured youths, Sunday Marcus, said most of them wore the APC shirts and hand bands, which he believed the thugs noticed.

Marcus, who showed our correspondent bullet holes on his thigh, added that Sulaimon’s family had not been contacted that he had been killed.

He said, “The attack on Saturday was not at the scene of the rally. We were coming back home, and were at Glover Street when the incident occurred.

“My three friends and I were lucky to escape with wounds. The thugs cut Sulaimon in several parts of his body. He died on Sunday morning.”

“Nobody knows Sulaimon’s family house or relatives in Adeniji Adele. Another friend, who was shot, Jide Olorogun, is receiving treatment too in a neighbouring area.”

Our correspondent learnt that Sulaimon’s corpse had been deposited at the Lagos Island General Hospital’s mortuary, but no relative had shown up for him.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed that there was unrest in the area, but added that there was no record of death.

He said, “There was a skirmish in the area on Sunday. Two factions of the same political party attacked one another. The police have arrested one suspect and recovered a cutlass from him. Meanwhile, no death was reported and normalcy has returned to the place now.”

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