Six people were killed and several others injured after members of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and the All Progressives Congress clashed in Isale Eko area of Lagos State between Saturday and Sunday.
A police source said the fight started because of President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to Lagos on Saturday. Apparently some youth members of the APC were angry over Jonathan’s visit, seeing it as a subtle to campaign in their territory.
Police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, said it started on Saturday after a Chairman of the National Union Road Transport Workers was allegedly killed by a PDP member.
As of Sunday evening, over 20 patrol vans were on ground and armoured personnel carriers.
The police source said: “Nobody knows what happened for sure. But it has something to do with Jonathan’s visit on Saturday. They said he came to TBS to campaign. The first person was killed on that Saturday. The man is said to be a member of the APC. Members of APC today (Sunday) killed five members of the PDP.”
It was also gathered that one Sego of NURTW, said to be a thug to a former Lagos State governor on the platform of the APC, allegedly organised the men on Sunday and handed them AK47 rifles, after which he led them to where shot and killed the five members of the PDP.
Some angry people were sighted destroying posters of APC near the Oba’s palace on Sunday at Isale Eko.
Police recovered over 16 expended AK47 cartridges and 20 pump action expended cartridges.
It was also gathered that last week the police arrested 15 members of the PDP and charged them to court for offences yet unknown.
Braide said: “On Saturday there was a problem. Someone shot the chairman of NURTW.
“The shooter is said to be PDP member.
“Today, in something of reprisal attack, APC members went to fight and shot two persons.
“They were rushed to the hospital by the police. Security has been beefed up in the area.”