Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, was said to be present at the scene of a shooting in which one man, Nurudeen Olanose, died. Violence reportedly broke out during the All Progressives Congress’ local government congress held at Central School, Dopemu. Olanose was alleged to have been shot dead by “Obasa’s boys”, according to PREMIUM TIMES’ report.
A witness quoted in the report said violence broke out immediately Obasa arrived at the venue.
“Obasa came to the venue at Dopemu, from nowhere a gunshot killed one of the party members. As he was going, his security men just dragged the guy that was shot, they dropped him on the other side of the road in order for him to pass and run away,” said the witness, who declined to be named for “political reasons”.
“Not quite 10 minutes later, another person was shot (dead) by Obasa’s boys again, and one other person was shot by the leg.”
However, Musibau Razak, the spokesperson for the Lagos Speaker, said his principal did not attend the congress at Dopemu.
“It is a lie,” Razak told the newspaper.
“From my investigation, it is the APC local government congress in Agege and those who were supposed to be at the congress venue were there, they did their congress and left. But you know in politics, there will always be disgruntled elements, I think that was what happened.
“What happened at Dopemo had nothing to do with my boss.
“Of course, as a member of APC and a Speaker, if anything happens he will be contacted and he will make necessary arrangement for peace to reign. Policemen were there, SSS were there, the INEC was there, so nobody should link that thing to the Speaker. The Speaker’s effort is to maintain peace.”