By Okunade Adekunle
The All Progresives Congress (APC) primaries for picking the chairmanship and councillorship candidates for the forthcoming Local Government election in Lagos, which began on Saturday amid violence at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State has now turned bloody.
A chieftain of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and a titled chief in Shogunle area of Oshodi- Isolo LCDA in the state (names withheld) has allegedly killed the Vice Chairman of Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos State (MOALS), Chief Rasak Bello Hamburger.
The ugly development happened during the primary election to pick the Councillor for Shogunle Ward E1 in the area.
The slain MOALS chief, it was gathered, had been a subject of intense envy in the area allegedly because of his wealth and tremendous influence. He is also said not to be on the same page with the NURTW men on the candidates for the LG poll.
Hamburger, it was learnt, had been a target of assassination by the NURTW men led in the area by MC Oluomo.
According to WESTERN POST’s source at the venue of the election at Ago-Owu Street, there was nothing to suggest that such an untoward development was underway until the arrival of the particular NURTW chieftain and his boys.
Among his boys that stormed the area were Anger, Murphy, Ahmed and one other simply called Asiwaju.
Trouble started when the primary election was cancelled and all the delegates and members of the party in the area were dispatched.
Just then, the late MOALS chief learnt there was a misunderstanding at Simbi Street Junction in Shogunle. He immediately moved in to settle the rift.
But as he was trying to wade in and hear from both sides, he was hit by a bullet on his forehead.
It was not immediately clear where the bullet came from until a short while later as attempts by his followers to save his life was thwarted by the boys of the NURTW man.
He was later taken to Geo-medical Centre at Subairu Street in Shogunle where he was pronounced dead.
His remains have been deposited at the mortuary while the matter has also been reported at the police station close to the area.