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Nobody was killed in Okota-Isolo election disruptions, Lagos Police Boss insists

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu, has debunked rumours that over 10 people were killed in the electoral violence that erupted at Okota area of Isolo LCDA during last Saturday’s elections.

The commissioner made this known on Monday, February 25, 2019 during a peace parley with the Osolo of Isolo, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka, Igbo traditional rulers and community leaders in the aftermath of violence that greeted last Saturday’s election.

According to the police commissioner, nobody was killed in the incident noting that Isolo, from his findings, has remained a peaceful community.

The police boss who was equally on ground last Saturday to physically assess situation added: “People should stop all these rumours. Isolo has being a peaceful town and people should not spread rumours that would stoke more violence. I was physically on ground to monitor situations and I can confirm to you that nobody was killed. If there is anybody killed, let the people bring out the corpse.”

Continuing, the police boss said only one person was assaulted during the incident and he is recuperating at the hospital.

In his address, the Osolo charged Igbos to reciprocate the gesture of their host by being good tenants stressing that Igbos have flourished in their socio-economic lives in Isolo because of the goodwill the Yoruba have extended to them.

Oba Agbabiaka noted that such goodwill have been demonstrated by him by bestowing six Igbo traditional titles on deserving Igbo leaders in and around Isolo communities. He added that Igbos have also enjoyed the goodwill of their Yoruba host with elections of Igbos to political positions regardless of their ethnic affiliations.

He therefore enjoined the Igbos to reciprocate the good gestures of their host by supporting the indigenes in their political aspirations.

“In 2015, Igbos were elected as National and State Assembly members because my people supported them. Now if my people need your support, you are duty-bound to give them your support. Though I understand you have a right to make your choices during elections but you must equally understand that you must give to us what belongs to us as your host,” says Osolo.

In his remark, the Executive Chairman of Isolo LCDA, Hon Shamsudeen Abiodun Olaleye, expressed his deep concern about the incident and therefore called for a deeper engagement of stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the crisis. Earlier, the Eze Indigbo of Lagos State, Eze Nwachukwu, had enjoined Igbos and Yorubas in the community to accommodate their differences in the interest of peace which both have enjoyed for more than 40 years.