The Managing Director of the Lekki Free Zone Ltd, Mr. Tajudeen Disu is among persons killed as Ibeju-Lekki villagers and mobile police officers clashed in Okunraiye community near Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, this morning. Tajuden Disu
The villagers said they were on a peaceful protest against “forceful takeover” of their land by the Lagos state government on behalf of Africa’s richest industrialist, Aliko Dangote’s company – Dangote Group and the Lekki Free Zone Ltd when policemen attacked them reportedly killing two of the protesters instantly. The villagers said the killing resulted in a crisis.
A local chief in the area told Saharareporters that the Lekki Free Zone Ltd called in anti-riot policemen of “Mopol 49” to kill the protesters because they had insisted too long ago against forceful acquisition of the community land by the Lekki Free Zone Ltd for the construction of a large petrochemical refinery owned by Mr. Dangote. The chief said the Mopol were led and supervised to the protest scene by Managing Director of the Lekki Free Zone Ltd, Mr. Disu.
But Mr. Disu was also among those downed as the police officers guarding him and protesters clashed, according to the local chief. One of the police officers was also feared dead. The community has been taken over by soldiers reinforced to the community as the crisis escalated.
The village is currently being raided by Nigerian troops sent to the community as a result of the crisis. Many villagers have vacated the village out of fear.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, have confirmed the death of Mr Disu to the media.
“I am made to understand that he died under the circumstances where gunshots were used by the villagers within the Lekki Free Trade Zone axis this morning.
“It saddens my heart and the hearts of all of us because this is somebody who has been dedicated to duty in the last 10 years promoting the inflow of investment into Lagos State.
“I have directed immediately that the Commissioner of Police must do a thorough investigation to find out the root cause of what has just happened.
“I plead with everybody to remain calm, we will get to the root of this unfortunate incident and I will like everybody to also know that so much as we are trying our best, the only thing we can appeal to people to do is to allow peace to reign in the Free Trade Zone,” the Governor said.
He said that his body has been deposited at the Lagos State University Hospital for a post-mortem.