2023: Many injured as thugs attack Peter Obi’s supporters in Lagos

Many people have been reportedly injured in an attack on supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.

According to reports, the incident occurred on Saturday, February 11, 2023, in which several buses and other vehicles were destroyed. Many people were also wounded and property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

Confirming the report, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said investigations into the attack had commenced.

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He said the attack was regrettable, adding that witnesses were already helping the police with relevant information.

“The Jakande Ward Chairman of the Labour Party commendably reported an attack on his party members at Ilasan Division. Four injured persons have been given medical attention. The Divisional Police Officer, Ilasan, has commenced preliminary investigations while the State Criminal Investigation Department is to fully take over investigations.


“The injured and other witnesses are assisting the Police with relevant information that would aid the apprehension and prosecution of the attackers.

“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,” Hundeyin said in a series of tweets on Saturday.

He said the regrettable attack happened at about 15km away from the rally venue, adding that the SCID would take over investigations towards apprehending and prosecuting the attackers.

Meanwhile, Peter Obi has condemned the attack on his supporters, and urged the Police to fish out those responsible.

He said, “I received reports that four members of the Obidient Family were attacked and injured in Lagos ahead of today’s rally. That incident, premeditated or not, is deeply troubling. Such act stands vehemently condemned.

“We cannot continue to tolerate attacks on members of the political opposition, often fuelled by the incendiary rhetorics of political leaders. The new Nigeria that we seek is one founded on peace and justice, and the respect for the rule of law. I call on the Lagos State security agencies to fish out those responsible for the attacks.” 

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Obi who was welcomed to Lagos with loud cheers from his teeming supporters upon his arrival had made a stop at the Alaba International Market in Lagos State before proceeding to the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) venue of the rally.

“We just arrived at the Alaba International market to an awesome reception. We’re pondering what the rally will be like. LP is finishing strong. Salute to all Obidients and the Nigerian Youths,” he said.

The LP candidate said he had travelled round the country and he was more abreast of the problems now than ever, telling the traders and their families to hold him responsible for any failure.

According to him, the market was built by hard-working people and since then, nothing has been done by the government to improve the market. He promised to come back as President to address all the issues confronting the area.

He promised to stand solidly by them no matter what, as according to him Nigeria belongs to all.

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