The Executive Chairman of Oriade Local Council Development Area, Lagos, Hon. Ramotalai Akinlola Hassan has condemned in its entirety the shooting to death of an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and Vice chairman of National Union of Roads Transport Workers (NURTW), Kayode Samuel, popularly called Epo Kinkin, during an incident that occurred at the secretariat of the party in Agboju area of the state.
Epo Kinkin was killed on Thursday, 8 July, 2021, at the flag-off campaign for the re-election of Hon Hassan as Chairman of Oriade LCDA.
Addressing the press on Friday at the council secretariat, Hon Hassan stated that the killing of a loving and peaceful Epo Kinkin by a yet to be identified gunman was uncalled for and very regrettable, adding that the young politician was a loyal and hardworking executive member of APC in Oriade LCDA.
The council chairman, while expressing her sadness over Epo’s death, narrated how the sad incident occurred.
She said, “the campaign flag-off had been held and concluded successfully and peacefully, everybody inside the hall, including a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Amuwo Odofin 2, Hon Olawale Rauf Age-Sulaiman were leaving, when suddenly some miscreants surged towards the lawmaker, with the intent to obtain money from him and in the ensuing melee, while trying to shield Hon Olawale from the miscreants, Kayode stepped in front of him, the next thing that happened thereafter was the sound of a gunshot from the crowd”.
Continuing, the council chairman said, “everyone ran helter-skelter for safety after the gunshot, but Kayode was seen lying on the ground with heavy blood flow, as he was the one hit by the bullet, he was struggling for help before he was quickly rushed to Nigeria Navy Reference Hospital Alakija, where he was confirmed dead.
Hon Hassan added that the unfortunate killing of the party chieftain at the party secretariat has nothing to do with the campaign flag off exercise as all the 9 candidates vying for elective positions during the July 24 local government election in the state, were unanimously adopted by APC leaders and members in Oriade LCDA, during the recently concluded local government party primaries.
The council chairman, who was a former member of the state House of Assembly commiserated with the family of the deceased and all members of APC in the council.
She urged the police to carry out a thorough investigation on the shooting and bring to book the perpetrators of the dastardly act.