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How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by Olaopefola: 9:03am On Jan 10
By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Barely 24 hours after All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial campaign kick-off in Lagos was marred, various revelations have started emerging on how breach of security exposed thousands of party members lives and residents, within flag-off venue axis, to danger.

The event, designed to showcase the APC candidates ahead of the election, was brought to end midway, unprepared, by the party leadership after security officers at the venue could not immediately arrest the situation, forcing attendees to scamper for safety.

Findings from party members revealed that the disruption of the rally was a pre-planned arrangement by some faceless people working against APC, using rivalry among National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) factions as a ground to achieve their aims.

Our correspondent learnt that the mayhem started among the executive members of the transport unions, including one Mustapha Adekunle popularly known as Tafa Seigo, another member, Azeez Lawal a.k.a Kunle Poly and incumbent NURTW chairman, Tajudeen Agbde, and others, who were of different factions.

During the unprecedented confrontations among the unions, several followers of different factions engaged in free for all and innocent lives were lost while several others sustained severe injuries.

It was learnt that several gunshot were recorded at the venue, forcing the party Chairman, Babatunde Balogun, to end the proceedings after it became obvious that the clash was not going to subside.

As a result, party leaders faulted the situation and linked the hoodlums attack to breach of security, said to be responsibility of Lagos Police Command, the agency saddled with law enforcement in the state.

Most of the leaders, who spoke to the Guild after the event, lamented that it was unfortunate that an event which planning had been ongoing days before could lacked adequate security presence to arrest pressure or breach of security at the venue.

They argued that there expectation was much than what they experienced at the venue as no member’s life were given maximum protection required during the chaotic situation, including the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, APC candidates and party chieftains who left hurriedly after the event was turned upside down.

The Guild investigation revealed that the police personnel were not sufficiently deployed to the event to cater for sea of people who were at the venue to display their solidarity for entire APC candidates, particularly the governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

It was gathered that the State Police Command intentionally failed to provide needed personnel for the show despite assurance from the Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, that he would ensure 2019 election campaign remain violence free in Lagos.

Meanwhile, rather than beefing the venue with maximum security ahead of the event, the command was reported to had only directed formations within the state to provide insufficient numbers of personnel to the party’s rally venue.

Sources from the police command, who confided in The Guild, disclosed that directives to the formations before the event were that Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) should only deploy 10 personnel to the venue while Rapid Response Squad (RRS) should arrange four vehicles and the Area Command to provide few men.

But contrary to the directives, as hinted by the sources, the Taskforce chairman deployed over 40 men to the venue, an act aimed at providing watertight security, while RRS arranged 10 vehicles aside the police area commands that strictly adhered to the commissioner directives.

From the police, it was revealed that the police commissioner, who was privy to the campaign, held a closed door meeting with leaders of transport unions, directing heads of the unit to join a peace accord meeting held at the command, while rally was ongoing, knowing fully-well the consequence of withdrawing heads of the unit, who would have maintained peace at the rally.

A source from the command, who pleaded not to be mentioned due to sensitivity of the matter, claimed that Imohimi cannot exonerate himself from the incident, due to obvious errors from security angle.

He added that the face-off between the unions would not have occurred should the command had taken the right measures including Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of operations, who refused to direct policemen to go after the hoodlums who were causing mayhem during the rally.

As the clash intensified, the source hinted that Taskforce chairman, in a move to salvage the situation, after waiting endlessly for deputy commissioner’s directive, deployed his men to apprehend the hoodlums; an initiative which was said to have aided arrest of two suspects.

But after the clash had subsided, the chairman was queried by the police command for acting against directive of a senior officer.

Some APC members, who spoke to the Guild, condemned the clash between the transport unions and inability of security personnel at the venue, to prevent the clash from escalating.

They argued that if the police had done the needful, the clash could have been prevented and the campaign would have ended without blood spilled.

Worried by outcome of the campaign designed to showcase APC candidates to voters in Lagos, a close aide to national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, disclosed that the Lagos State former governor had constituted a team to examine the entire exercise and fashion out better strategy ahead of future campaigns in the state.

While members await better strategy for subsequent rallies, motorist told the Guild that they lost several man hours navigating within the metropolis after traffic caused by the rally spread to other parts of Lagos.

They described traffic management strategy adopted by Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other agencies as abysmal, urging the agency to more personnel in subsequent rallies.

Apparently not satisfied with the security strategy put up for the rally, a member of Independent Campaign Group (ICG), a group designed to campaign for Sanwo-Olu, alleged that the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, was aware of the clash that affected the campaign.

He disclosed that Ambode’s body language and facial expression after the clash further showed that the governor cannot be exonerated from the clash and was never on same pedestal with the party.

According to him, Ambode’s action during the campaign further proved otherwise as he never recognised the party’s gubernatorial candidate.

The source stressed that his action further confirmed his antics and that of the state commissioner of police who were planning to sabotage Lagos APC efforts for PDP during forthcoming elections.

Some of the plan, the source explained, was to tarnish the party’s image, a strategy targeted at dissuading electorate and alter their perception about APC, to garner support for PDP in the state.

Also, the ICG source disclosed that part of the plan was to reduce Tinubu’s popularity in Lagos especially after President Muhammadu Buhari handed over his re-election campaign to him.

Meanwhile, APC has condemned the action of the transport union members who turned the party’s rally to battle ground.

The party publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, while reacting on the act, having reviewed and investigated the actions of the union members and those who had capitalised on the mischief, assured that efforts would be intensified to prevent future occurrence.

Although, efforts to reach the police command’s spokesperson, Chike Oti, for his reaction over the allegations proved abortive as he was not available to speak to us when calls were put through his mobile line.

It would be recalled that the command had earlier declared one of the NURTW members wanted, the person that was alleged to be connected to the mayhem that occurred yesterday during the rally held in the state.

http://www.theguildng.com/exclusive-how-security-breach-affect-lagos-apc-gubernatorial-campaign-kick-off/

Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by DonFreshmoney(m): 9:07am On Jan 10
It can only happen in an apc controlled state, just like katsina rally yesterday..

That's how security breach keeps on happening in Nigeria under this regime with incessant bokoharam/fulani herdmen/militia killings.

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by NotBeenPaid(m): 9:09am On Jan 10




Why won't there be security breaches when the godfather, aspirant and security agents were frolicking with agbero.




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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by TwoBottles(m): 9:11am On Jan 10
In Lagos, thuggery pays better than white collar jobs to the extent that a thug can afford to send his kids abroad while the educated ones roam the streets in search of jobs that pay peanuts.





Wasted generation!

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by PassingShot(m): 9:11am On Jan 10
I am pained and ashamed about so many grammatically incorrect sentences in this report.

Journalism has indeed gone to the half-baked, semi-literate, barely educated members of the Nigerian society.

Atrocious!

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by mooremoney(m): 9:11am On Jan 10
USELESS PARTY

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by firstolalekan(m): 9:11am On Jan 10
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by jojo1415: 9:12am On Jan 10
Agaja rite now grin grin

Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by three: 9:12am On Jan 10
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Which security breach? People you cleared and acknowledged as your members?


How does APC think they can CONTROL thugs that have access to CRAZY MONEY as outlined below.


You use these guys to win elections and sooner than later they too want to be Politicians.


With APC these thugs are the new set of Governors, Senators, Reps, House Members and LG Chairmen. #NextLevelThugs



Newway2:
Saw the post below on the Ikoyi Golf Club whatsapp group. Can these mind boggling figures be true

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*The ₦282.6 billion IGR Lagos State Transport Sector ceded out illegally.*

The Lagos Agberos money spinning kalokalo.

You are wondering why Lagos Agberos can be have 9 kids showing off in Atlanta Georgia.

The Average illegal tax on Bike in Lagos is ₦600/day sampling 6 locations.

The Average illegal tax on Keke Marwa in lagos is #1000/day sampling 6 locations.

Average Illegal tax on yellow bus and molue is ₦3000 /day sampling 6 locations in Lagos.

There is a minimum of 120,000 bike in Lagos taxed illegally.

There is of minimum of 120,000 marwa keke in Lagos taxed illegally.

There is a minimum of 145,000 registered Danfo buses and molues when we join the unregistered we will be talking of over 250,000 taxed illegally.


This Agberos are very efficient in this illegal tax collection that they rarely miss.

*Okada*
₦600*120,000 = ₦ 72,000,000 /day

*Keke Marwa*
₦1000* 120,000= ₦120,000,000 /day

*Danfo+Molue* ₦3000*250,000= ₦ 750,000,000/day

Illegal tax at stake per day in Lagos is.
₦ 942 million /day

The Agberos in Lagos stand to cash out
(₦72m + ₦120m + ₦ 750,000) * 300 days annually = ₦ 282.6 billion annually. Excluding public holidays and Sundays, some collect tax on Sundays.

Pls note the number of Bikes, Keke and buses in Lagos surpasses the numbers I used in my analysis.

This is 91 % of the IGR of Lagos in 2017 and some guys just screw the danfo drivers.

That is why the drivers and conductors are mad in Lagos.

This is over 27% of the 2018 Lagos State budget.

This cash is more than the capital spending on education in Lagos since 1999.

This cash is more than the IGR of all the 35 states individually.

If Lagos State takes just 50% of this cash and leave 50% to the Agberos we will fix our roads in 15 years max.

*Over to the incoming Governor of Lagos. Hope he will have the political will to sort this out*

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by ainas247: 9:13am On Jan 10
grin I don't understand which security breach ooo

Dominate Google page one with your business check my profile
Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by DjCandyMusic: 9:13am On Jan 10
angryChai
Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by ferventchamp: 9:14am On Jan 10
PassingShot:
I am pained and ashamed about the grammar in this report.

Journalism has indeed gone to the half-baked
I am sorry for you...

You are trying to distract us by making a needless reference to grammatical errors when we are talking about APC exposing the public to an avoidable peril...

Oga...

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by nairaman66(m): 9:14am On Jan 10
What a scene! We are still in the 1800!!
Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by lomprico(m): 9:15am On Jan 10
Who cares??
Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by Hotfreeze: 9:15am On Jan 10
It's a shame that could happen in that location.

That particular venue is the next street to the Lagos State Police Command where the CP's office is located.

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by Dscientist: 9:15am On Jan 10
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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by bkool7(m): 9:15am On Jan 10
Tinubu is reaping an humongous income from the activities of agberos in Lagos. Money that should ordinarily go to the Lagos State Government treasury... Which Tinubu also controls.

Either way, we are doomed in Lagos if we dont kick out Tinubu and his useless blueprint

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by MANNABBQGRILLS: 9:15am On Jan 10
lomprico:
Who cares??
......Dettol cares

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by bkool7(m): 9:16am On Jan 10
Tinubu is reaping an humongous income from the activities of agberos in Lagos. Money that should ordinarily go to the Lagos State Government treasury... Which Tinubu also controls.

Either way, we are doomed in Lagos if we dont kick out Tinubu and his useless blueprint that he kept using to scam us.
Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by BOOZELEE: 9:16am On Jan 10
Mtcheew

Mek una kii una sef dia angry
Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by overall90: 9:17am On Jan 10
Blame Blame APC.
Never takes responsibility for anything.
you imported thugs you intend to use during the election into your campaign ground and when things got out of hand you are blaming the police and the CP.

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by Tattooboy: 9:18am On Jan 10
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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by three: 9:18am On Jan 10
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Which security breach? People you cleared and acknowledged as your members?
How does APC think they can CONTROL thugs that have access to CRAZY MONEY as outlined below.
You use these guys to win elections and sooner than later they too want to be Politicians.
APC these thugs are the new set of Governors, Senators, Reps, House Members and LG Chairmen. #NextLevelThugs

Newway2:
Saw the post below on the Ikoyi Golf Club whatsapp group. Can these mind boggling figures be true

��‍��‍
*The ₦282.6 billion IGR Lagos State Transport Sector ceded out illegally.*
The Lagos Agberos money spinning kalokalo.
You are wondering why Lagos Agberos can be have 9 kids showing off in Atlanta Georgia.
The Average illegal tax on Bike in Lagos is ₦600/day sampling 6 locations.
The Average illegal tax on Keke Marwa in lagos is #1000/day sampling 6 locations.
Average Illegal tax on yellow bus and molue is ₦3000 /day sampling 6 locations in Lagos.
There is a minimum of 120,000 bike in Lagos taxed illegally.
There is of minimum of 120,000 marwa keke in Lagos taxed illegally.
There is a minimum of 145,000 registered Danfo buses and molues when we join the unregistered we will be talking of over 250,000 taxed illegally.
This Agberos are very efficient in this illegal tax collection that they rarely miss.
*Okada*
₦600*120,000 = ₦ 72,000,000 /day
*Keke Marwa*
₦1000* 120,000= ₦120,000,000 /day
*Danfo+Molue* ₦3000*250,000= ₦ 750,000,000/day
Illegal tax at stake per day in Lagos is.
₦ 942 million /day
The Agberos in Lagos stand to cash out
(₦72m + ₦120m + ₦ 750,000) * 300 days annually = ₦ 282.6 billion annually. Excluding public holidays and Sundays, some collect tax on Sundays.
Pls note the number of Bikes, Keke and buses in Lagos surpasses the numbers I used in my analysis.
This is 91 % of the IGR of Lagos in 2017 and some guys just screw the danfo drivers.
That is why the drivers and conductors are mad in Lagos.
This is over 27% of the 2018 Lagos State budget.
This cash is more than the capital spending on education in Lagos since 1999.
This cash is more than the IGR of all the 35 states individually.
If Lagos State takes just 50% of this cash and leave 50% to the Agberos we will fix our roads in 15 years max.
*Over to the incoming Governor of Lagos. Hope he will have the political will to sort this out*

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Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by bkool7(m): 9:18am On Jan 10
MANNABBQGRILLS:
......Dettol cares

Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by udemzyudex(m): 9:24am On Jan 10
I believe the target was MC oluomo, they know how Tinubu have been using him to cause trouble during election, we all saw what happened in Ekiti and Osun state.

From Lagos, they export their madness to other state just because of the election, removing him from the forefront will calm things down especially in places where APC don't have a strong hold.

It's part of the election strategy and the campaign ground was the closest point they can use to get to him.

We have been hearing and reading rumours about some faction not happy with the way Ambode was humiliated that's why some people (top guns) are not happy.

Well let's see what will happen in February.
Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by lomprico(m): 9:25am On Jan 10
MANNABBQGRILLS:
......Dettol cares

Lol
Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by helinues: 9:35am On Jan 10
The fire sets to burn vulture always consumed other birds.

But in this scenario, their fires burn their birds

Kama is a bae
Re: How Security Breach Affected Lagos APC Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-off by chuksjuve(m): 9:38am On Jan 10
Whose fault?

This is purely a poor scripted damage control to save face..



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