Our reporter| Some supporters of Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), were attacked by hoodlums in Lagos state on Saturday.
They came under attack while on their way to Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), the venue of the party’s presidential campaign rally.
The hoodlums targeted the supporters, apparently to prevent them from attending the rally.
Some of the supporters were attacked at the Jakande axis in Lekki and Adeniji Adele area of Lagos Island.
Reacting to the development, Yunusa Tanko, spokesperson of the LP campaign council, in a statement, said nothing will stop the Obidient movement from going on with the campaign.
“The Obidient movement is under attack in Lagos, they are stopping our people from coming to the TBS rally,” the statement reads.
“Nothing can stop a movement whose time has come. Security operatives take note. We keep moving Obidently & Yusfully.”
Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos police spokesperson, said the state criminal investigation department will investigate the matter and arrest the attackers.
“The injured and other witnesses are assisting the police with relevant information that would aid the apprehension and prosecution of the attackers,” he said.
“This attack is reprehensible! It is verifiable that the command had stationed, since yesterday, patrol vehicles and officers at the Tafawa Balewa Square venue of today’s rally. We had already secured the venue to prevent any breakdown of law and order
“The regrettable attack happened about 15km away from the rally venue. As earlier stated, the SCID will take over investigations towards apprehending and prosecuting the attackers.”
Earlier on Saturday, TheCable had reported that Obi’s supporters were attacked while on their way to Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), the venue of the party’s presidential campaign rally in the state.
They attacked us with matchets, guns
A member of the Obidient movement who identified himself as Oluwatoyin to reporters on Saturday, said someone was also stabbed.
“It seems APC are not happy with what we are doing today. They attacked us in Ajah and other parts of Eti-Osa LGA,” he said.
“They damaged our cars and injured many of us. A guy was just rushed to that place for treatment because he was stabbed by hoodlums.”
Another victim, who had machete cut on his body, said the hoodlums who attacked supporters at Jakande area came in two buses.
He added that the hoodlums fled after police officers arrived at the scene.
“We had a plan to move a convoy from Jakande to TBS. So, what we did was to arrange a truck, DJ, and a convoy of cars,” the LP supporter said.
“When we got to Jakande to make a U-turn and wait for other people to come, two buses loaded with guys came.
“They came down from the buses holding machetes and guns and they started attacking us. They scattered the cars and beat some people.
“To save my life, I laid at the Lekki-Epe expressway to obstruct traffic so that they won’t kill me.”
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