Fear has gripped most of the residents and traders on the Lagos Island as news spread during the week that the Lagos Island Branch B Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Abdulazeez Lawal, also known as Kunle Poly, currently in prison custody, will be set free on the next adjourned date as the office of the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP, is allegedly set to present a No Case To Answer before the Court.
P.M.EXPRESS reports that the operatives at the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, had arrested Kunle Poly and three others after he was accused of leading some thugs to attack his rivals at the Idumota area of the Lagos Island, on January 19, 2020, where two residents lost their lives.
Several others sustained various degree of injuries, while traders on the bustling streets of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Balogun East and West, John, Ijayie, Doherty and Oke Arin Streets, were maimed and robbed of millions of Naira.
Traders under the umbrella of the Ibunkun Oluwa Market Association, swiftly wrote a petition to the office of the Inspector General of Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja and the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, Onikan, on January 21, 2022, where they accused Kunle Poly of unleashing mayhem on traders and residents of the Lagos Island.
It was gathered that while Kunle Poly was arrested and interrogated by the Police at the Zone 2, Command, it was alleged that he confessed to have ordered the immediate burial of one of the residents, who was killed during the clash without getting an approval from the Police and the consent of the deceased family.
Police sources disclosed that while Kunle Poly was in custody, the corpse of the deceased resident was exhumed from the shallow grave where it was buried and an autopsy was conducted. Then it was established that the deceased died on the day of the clash and he was killed by gunshot injuries he sustained during the clash.
Based on the discoveries, the Police at the Zone 2 Command charged Kunle Poly and others to the Yaba Magistrate Court for murder, conspiracy to commit murder and membership of an unlawful society. The duplicate copy of the case file was subsequently transferred to the Lagos State DPP for advice.
Meantime, some residents and traders on the Idumota axis of the Lagos Island, who spoke to our reporter during the week, disclosed that thugs loyal to Kunle Poly have been on rampage; attacking and maiming traders and residents, who they felt were instrumental to the arrest and incarceration of their boss.
It was gathered that so far, over 30 young men have been inflicted with severe body injuries around areas like Idumagbo, Balogun and Idumota, in the last one week since Kunle Poly was remanded in prison.
Speaking on the matter, Ramota Abike, a trader on Balogun Street, Lagos Island, said Kunle Poly’s boys were roaming the streets looking for their rivals and traders, who wrote petitions to the Police authorities against their boss and she said they have vowed to maim and kill anyone working with the Police authorities against their boss. She also said that the boys have also vowed not to end their violent activities until their boss, Kunle Poly is released from prison custody.