Oshodi was turned into a war zone yesterday as the death of Rasaq Bello aka Hamburger has led to more crisis than anticipated, Loyalist took to the streets of Bolade Oshodi, Thursday blocking vehicles, burning properties and distrupting the procession for Late Alhaji Rasaq Bello.
Bolade in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area of Lagos State was still unsettled yesterday, three days after the killing of a union leader, Rasaq Bello, aka Hamburger.
Ten commercial vehicles were vandalised following the resurgence of violence at a candle light procession for Hamburger was the Oshodi Chairman of Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos State (MOALS).
Loyalists of the late Hamburger were said to have hijacked the procession, destroying buses belonging to members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW). MOALS is affiliated to NURTW.
They also blocked vehicles coming from Mushin, Cappa and Oshodi Under Bridge from passing through Bolade.
There was a traffic snarl, stretching from the Oshodi Under Bridge to Ilupeju bypass.
Policemen were seen later trying to restore normalcy.
Also yesterday, Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni and Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Sole Administrator Taoheed Adebayo Taiwo assured residents that Hamburger’s killers would be apprehended and prosecuted.
Owoseni visited the scene of the fracas with the Area ‘F’ Commander Toyin Longe, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP). He also visited the late Hamburger’s aged mother and widow around 4:30pm
Taiwo, who also visited the bereaved family, told the community leaders at the council secretariat that the perpetrators won’t go unpunished.
According to a statement by the council’s Public Affairs Officer, Mr Omotayo Mohammed, the council boss said Hamburger’s murder could not be swept under the carpet.
Taiwo said: “The death of Hamburger is a blow to us and I am assuring you that we have sound police operatives that will apprehend the killer of the great man, a cheerful giver.”
The sole Administrator implored the people to be law abiding and continue to carry out their businesses without fear.
“The Nigeria Police and other security personnel are on ground to deal with troublemakers in the local government,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) yesterday condemned cases of violence during primaries conducted by some political parties ahead of the July 22 council polls.
It’s Chairman, Mr Kola Ajayi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the recorded violence was an embarrassment to IPAC and a threat to grassroots democracy.
Ajayi said the deaths and destruction that characterised some of the primaries meant that some politicians still believe in do-or-die politics.
“We are worried about cases of violence which resulted to deaths and destruction in the primaries of some political parties.
“The development is disturbing as it raises some fear that the main election might record some violence with the way some people are going about politics.
“Look at the case of somebody that was shot dead at Shogunle during a councillorship primary on Monday, we hear that the killer’s mother has been hacked to death as a reprisal attack.
“You ask yourself, what for? I think we should not allow all this to continue. Something must be done to stop it,” he said.
Ajayi said findings by IPAC had revealed that intra-party violence was mostly caused by absence of internal democracy in the conduct of party affairs.
He said the idea of imposing candidates on people was anti-democratic and urged parties to stop the practice.
The chairman said the country’s democracy would not thrive if it remained under the control of godfathers.
He urged politicians to stop using hoodlums for violence as they might end up being victims of the bad practice.