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Violent Youths Attack Man For Pasting Political Posters In Lagos



Some hoodlums have attacked a man, Mr. Disu Omobolaji, in the Ipaja Ayobo area of Lagos State for pasting campaign posters by the roadside.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Omobolaji, who worked as a photographer, was attacked along with two other persons while they were pasting the campaign posters around the Post Office bus stop on Ipaja Ayobo Road.
It was learnt that while the two other men escaped from the hoodlums, Omobolaji was unlucky as the miscreants hacked him with axes and cutlasses. The attack occurred on Tuesday, February 3, at about 7.30pm.
It was learnt that Omobolaji, who sustained injuries, immediately went to the Ipaja Police Division to report the incident before going to a private hospital in the area for treatment.
When PUNCH Metro visited the hospital on Monday, Omobolaji, who said he was the financial secretary of the youth wing of the All Progressives Congress in the Ayobo Ipaja Local Council Development Area, said his attackers had the intention of killing him. He added that the hoodlums also carted away the posters and removed the ones that had been pasted.
He said:
     “I and two other APC youth members in our area were at the bus stop to paste some posters. The posters were of the party’s governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode. As we embarked on the task, the hoodlums appeared and pounced on us.
    While the others fled, I tried to find out what the thugs wanted. They did not say anything, but started to hit me with axes and cutlasses. I managed to escape after sustaining injuries. I had gone to report at the police station and I hope the police would apprehend the hoodlums.”
Another victim of the attack in the area, Mrs. Bisi Makanjuola, showed her damaged vehicle, urging the police to curtail the activities of the miscreants.
She said:
     “These hoodlums are not really members of any party. They are jobless and walk around with weapons waiting to be hired by any politician or party to foment trouble. My vehicle was actually shot at several times, but I managed to escape. I cannot take the vehicle home so that they will not trace me with it.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said, he would get back to our correspondent. He, however, had not called back as of press time.

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