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Armed thugs scatter APC primary in Alimosho

The thugs loyal to opposing politicians engaged one another at the venue of the primary with guns, knives and bottles..

• May 26, 2022
violent youths
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Armed thugs on Thursday disrupted the All Progressives Party (APC) primary election for the House of Assembly at Alimosho constituency 1 at about 4:50 p.m.

The thugs loyal to opposing politicians engaged one another at the Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA) venue of the primary.

They used dangerous weapons including guns, cutlasses, knives and bottles, to fight and chase people away.

Delegates, party faithfuls, electoral officers, security personnel were whisked out of the election premises following the outbreak of the violence which marred the election process.

The election, which was initially scheduled to hold at Abesan mini stadium, Abesan Estate, Ipaja, was moved to Mosan-Okunola LCDA where the violence broke out.

The hoodlums, who took to the major road firing gun shots, disrupted vehicular and pedestrians movement, while shops and residentials around the area locked up immediately.

Unconfirmed reports by some party faithfuls, who also scampered for safety, revealed that the election which was scheduled for 2:00 p.m, had not been held before it was disrupted by the thugs.

A team of the Nigerian Police Force, OP-Mesa, arrived at the venue at about 5:10 p.m. to calm the situation and beef up security.

The team however left the area, about 15 minutes after they arrived when the situation became even tense.

Efforts to speak with some of the officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp and the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corp proved abortive.

Many of them were also seen escaping the crisis vicinity and changing from their uniforms to casual wear.


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