Some supporters of presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi were attacked by hoodlums in Lagos state.
Some of the supporters, according to reports by TheCable, were said to have come under attack while on their way to Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) — the venue of the party’s presidential campaign rally.
The hoodlums were said to have targeted the supporters to prevent them from attending the rally.
Yunusa Tanko, spokesperson of the LP campaign council, in a statement on Saturday, said nothing will stop the Obidient movement from going on with the campaign.
“The Obidient movement is under attack in Lagos, they are stopping our people from coming to the TBS rally,” the statement reads.
“Nothing can stop a movement whose time has come. Security operatives take note. We keep moving Obidently & Yusfully.”
TheCable understands that some of the party’s supporters were also attacked by hoodlums at the Jakande axis in Lekki and Adeniji Adele area of Lagos Island.
Medical volunteers at the TBS are currently attending to those who were injured in the attack.
Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos police spokesperson, said the state criminal investigation department will investigate the matter and arrest the attackers.
The injured and other witnesses are assisting the police with relevant information that would aid the apprehension and prosecution of the attackers,” he said.
“This attack is reprehensible! It is verifiable that the command had stationed, since yesterday, patrol vehicles and officers at the Tafawa Balewa Square venue of today’s rally. We had already secured the venue to prevent any breakdown of law and order
“The regrettable attack happened about 15km away from the rally venue. As earlier stated, the SCID will take over investigations towards apprehending and prosecuting the attackers.”
Narrating their ordeal to journalists, a member of the Obidient movement who identified himself as Oluwatoyin said someone was also stabbed.
“It seems APC are not happy with what we are doing today. They attacked us in Ajah and other parts of Eti-Osa LGA.
“They damaged our cars and injured many of us. A guy was just rushed to that place for treatment because he was stabbed by hoodlums”, he said.
Another victim, who had machete cut on his body, said the hoodlums who attacked supporters at Jakande area came in two buses.
He added that the hoodlums fled after police officers arrived at the scene.
“We had a plan to move a convoy from Jakande to TBS. So, what we did was to arrange a truck, DJ, and a convoy of cars,” the LP supporter said.
“When we got to Jakande to make a U-turn and wait for other people to come, two buses loaded with guys came.
“They came down from the buses holding machetes and guns and they started attacking us. They scattered the cars and beat some people.
“To save my life, I laid at the Lekki-Epe expressway to obstruct traffic so that they won’t kill me.”