There was tension at Idumota Area of Lagos Island, Lagos, following the assassination of the personal assistant to a leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Kunle Azeez aka Kunle Poly.
The deceased is identified simply as Ganiu (aka Piero). Piero, Kunle Poly and some security guards, including two policemen, were returning from a meeting around 12 midnight on Tuesday when the gunmen opened fire at them. .
While Ganiu was hit and died on the spot, others sustained injuries. Kunle Poly, who heads the NURTW branches in Idumota, had called for a meeting of all chairmen in motor parks in the area around 12 midnight.
When they were done with the meeting, Kunle Poly, the two poliemen guarding him, Piero, and one other union member, left for his car, which was parked at a bridge close to the office.
Kunle Poly asked Piero to release the car key because he (Kunle Poly) wanted to drive the car by himself. He asked Piero to go to the passenger’s side. Piero turned to go to the passenger’s side, while his boss headed towards the driver’s side.
They were all about to enter the car when there unknown gunmen started firing at them. Piero was hit and he died on the spot. The union member with them was hit by another bullet in the hand.
They all took cover. Kunle Poly dodged beside the car from where he jumped onto the bridge and escaped to the other side of the road. The two mopols took to their heels.
Following the crisis, Lagos Island Chapter, the State Government on Tuesday ordered the immediate suspension of all union activities on the Island indefinitely.