…How His Rivalry Tussle With Tunde Alabi Yellow Led To The Killing
…As Thugs Slaughtered Five of His Boys After Naming Ceremony
Recently, there were reports of some hoodlums who killed five people in Ajah area of Lagos State. The victims were coming from a naming ceremony when the hoodlums waylaid, and opened fire on their bus. The killer gang was also said to have entered the vehicle and used cutlasses and knives to slit the throats of some of the occupants.
The deceased were identified as Ganiyu Lawal, aka Ebe; Idris Kolapo; Samsudeen Osoja, aka Songa; Rafiu, aka Ralph; and Ladi. A source said Songa’s head was cut off during the attack. It was learnt that five others, who sustained injuries during the onslaught, escaped by a whisker.
The matter was later reported at the Ajiwe police station.
Investigations revealed that the deceased and survivors were working with the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Oyebanji branch, Lagos Island, Alhaji Mustapha Adekunle (aka Seego).
Mustapha Seego is a close friend and associate of Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo), the popular socialite and Treasurer of NURTW.
On a visit to Okepopo Street, Lagos Island, where the deceased had their base, there was palpable tension in the community.
Residents revealed that the area had been in turmoil as some hoodlums in the area had been hunting people suspected to be involved in the killings.
Houses belonging to the Olokodana family on Palm Church Street were torched by the miscreants.
Also, a building and a lock-up shop belonging to one Tunde, aka Alabi Yellow, who was alleged to be an informant of the gang, was invaded by the hoodlums who burnt some of the property.
A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said trouble started on Sunday when Seego and the leader of a rival gang, Tunde (Alabi Yellow), met at a social gathering, where Seego asked Yellow to bow to him.
Alabi Yellow reportedly refused.
It was gathered that Seego ordered his boys to deal with Yellow by breaking a bottle on his head.
Yellow was beaten and his clothes torn by Songa, who works for Seego.
Crushed by this humiliation, Yellow left and promised to revenge the assault and disgrace on his person.
A few days later, the wife of one of the boys in Ajah had a naming ceremony and about 10 guys from Okepopo went there to party.
Sources disclosed that as the guys were taking their leave, a group of boys shot at their vehicle, entered the bus and started slashing their throats.
A source said the attackers cut off the head of Samsudeen (Songa), who allegedly smashed a bottle onYellow’s head at a social gathering.
He said they took the head away with them, but left the other corpses.
It was gathered that one of those attacked, Tope Bullet, escaped because the attackers thought he was dead. A few other persons were also said to have escaped.
It was gathered that the survivors returned to their base and reported to their colleagues what befell them.
A source said the victims identified their alleged attackers to include Tunde Yellow, Small Kuramo, Sharon, Abbas, Olokodana, Ade, Ibafo John, Orji Mass, Baba Raji and one Ejo Ilaje.
A resident, John Otombo, said more than 100 hoodlums invaded the street on that fateful Thursday, searching for the men for their alleged involvement in the killings.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident.
He, however, said only two people died.
He said, “Armed hoodlums shot at a moving vehicle and two persons were fatally injured, while three others sustained injuries.”
The Lagos State Chairman of the NURTW, Chief Tajudeen Agbede, said he was aware of the incident, adding that it did not happen in any motor park.
He said, “The police are already involved in this case. What I always tell our members is to mind their public conduct and not bring disgrace to the union. Whenever anything like this happen outside the motor parks, I choose not to comment.”