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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Lagos APC rally: How I escaped death – Journalist


One of three journalists, who were shot on Tuesday at the flag-off campaign of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, a News-Telegraph correspondent, Temitope Ogunbanke,, has recounted his experience after escaping death from the gunshot.


The journalist, who spoke to our correspondent, said he was hit on his neck and stomach by the bullet.
According to him, the bullet touched his stomach and fled past him, saying he felt the touch of the bullet on his stomach while it pierced his face.
He said, “Escaped gunshots on my neck and stomach.
“I thank God that I am alive. When I felt the bullet in my stomach, I thought I was dead. It was when I opened my eyes and touched the stomach and saw no blood that I knew I was still alive. But I was scratched by the bullet on my face.”

We earlier  reported that three journalists, including the Group Political Editor of The Nation newspaper, Emmanuel Oladesu, News-Telegraph correspondent, Temitope Ogunbanke, and Ibile Television cameraman, Abiodun Yusuf, were hit by bullets during the rally.
It was also reported that three other people were killed while a number of persons were also injured, robbed and beaten at the rally.
We  reported earlier that suspected rival groups of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) started the trouble, shooting one another during which the Lagos State Treasurer of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Musiliu Akinsanya also known as ‘MC Oluomo’ was severely stabbed.

It was gathered that the rival groups have been on each other’s neck since Oluomo declared his ambition of becoming the Lagos Chairman of the Union.
Meanwhile, the Police command in Lagos State has declared one Mustapha Adekunle, aka Seigo, a chieftain of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), wanted in connection with the incident, while two suspects have been reportedly arrested.

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