Pandemonium struck in Lekki, a Lagos highbrow suburb Monday morning following the killing of the Managing Director of the Lekki Free Zone Ltd, Mr. Tajudeen Disu, in a land fracas between policemen and local indigenes.
The immediate cause of his death is yet unknown, but sources said Mr. Disu was killed alongside other villagers whose number could not be ascertained when some members of Okunraiye Community near Ibeju Lekki, Lagos allegedly clashed with mobile policemen who were out to maintain law and order in the community.
According to sources, trouble started when the villagers led by some of their leaders went on a peaceful protest against an alleged forceful take-over of their land by the Lagos state government.
Reports said the land was being “acquired” by the Lagos state government on behalf of renowned global industrialist, Aliko Dangote.
According to sources, the protest was allegedly hijacked by mobile policemen from “Mopol 49 Unit” who shot and killed two of the villages, leading to an uncontrollable rage.
The villagers are said to have persistently opposed the take acquisition by the Free Zone Authority for the construction of a large petrochemical refinery owned by Mr. Dangote.
Unconfirmed reports said the Mopol were led and supervised to the protest scene by Managing Director of the Lekki Free Zone Ltd, Mr. Disu.
Mr Disu was said to have been hit and killed by persons yet to be identified when the police officers guarding him and protesters clashed, and one of the policemen also feared killed.
As at press time, the community has been taken over by soldiers reinforced to the community as the crisis escalated, with many of the locals being raided by the troops when others have fled for dear lives.
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode who addressed the media on the development confirmed the death of the LFZ boss, Mr. Disu, saying his remains had been deposited at the Lagos State University Hospital for a post-mortem.