Daily Independent Online.
Tuesday, April 8, 2003.
Area boys attack Obasanjo’s convoy
By Eze Ekuma-Ibe
Daily Independent, Lagos
miscreants, known as Area boys, on Friday attacked the convoy of
President Olusegun Obasanjo after his campaign rally in Oshodi, Lagos.
For fear of the
security men, they did not attack the President and all those close to his car.
that were trailing at the rear fell victim of the Area boys’ mob.
On the ascent of
the Oshodi bridge, the miscreants positioned themselves to carry out their
Just as the
President passed by, they descended on unsuspecting Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) members and supporters, who wanted to join the President’s convoy
to avoid been caught up in the crawling traffic jam on the bridge.
were seen wielding bottles and other dangerous weapons, which they used on the
victims and their cars.
When our reporter
got to the scene, they were seen hitting vehicles and beating up their occupants.
The worst hit
were the tricycle drivers, beneficiaries of the Obasanjo ‘Keke
NAPEP,’ who had attended the campaign to show solidarity with the
President. The miscreants were heard asking them why they joined PDP to come
for a campaign in Lagos.
It took the
timely intervention of the policemen on duty on the Oshodi bridge to rescue the
victims. When the security men saw that their baton could not scare away the
hoodlums, they started to throw canisters of tear gas, which forced them to run
According to eye
witnesses, the miscreants claimed that they were members of the Alliance for
Democracy (AD) and did not want to see PDP campaign in their
said they had expected such a reaction from the miscreants in Oshodi, which is
their hideout. According to them, “no one hosts anything in Oshodi
without settling them with money to avoid violence. Probably the area boys were
not given money by the organisers of the event.”