Riot in Ojuelegba over death of Road Transport leader

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Violence broke out at the Ojuelegba area of Lagos Wednesday night following the death of a Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) leader.

It was gathered that the leader identified simply as Segun alias ‘Ma na e pa’ meaning (I’ll beat you to death) was allegedly poisoned in the morning and he later died.

His death which occurred barely 24 hours after election of RTEAN state executives was said to have been followed by attempts by opposing camps to take over ownership of his domain.

Angered by the development, Segun’s boys allegedly stormed Ojuelegba underbridge to resist the takeover.

Commuters who were at Ojuelegba around 7:30pm said there were sporadic gunshots, adding that the clash started around Modele Street.

Some of the road users took to social media to warn people commuting Ojuelegba, Shitta and Barracks to avoid the route.

They said people were scampering to safety, adding that policemen were yet to arrive the scene as of 8pm.

One Omotayo Habeed wrote: “So, apparently, an Agbero Chairman died today due to poisoning at Ojuelegba.  If you’re passing through that axis, please be safe. Or find an alternative route.

Another passerby Dorian Gray said the crisis commenced in split seconds.

“I haven’t run that fast in my life, I was walking towards underbridge, gisting with a colleague. Two seconds and everything burst,” said Gray.

Olatunji Bello said there was no police in sight, adding that the gunshots from the thugs were at intervals.

However, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of Operation Mohammed Ali confirmed a death was recorded in the morning.

He however denied there was outbreak of violence, stating that Ojuelegba and environs was peaceful.

Ali said: “That information is not correct. Area C is very peaceful and calm. The Divisional Police Officer and Area Commander have gone round and nothing like that happened.

“For the record, someone did die of poisoning in the morning. I do not know who the person is but there is absolute peace there.”

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