Street Samurai and NURTW Member Mamok Assassinated in Oshodi, Lagos

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In what sounds like a scene straight out of a mafia film, it has been reported that Kunle Mamowora, popularly known as Mamok, was gunned down in Oshodi yesterday.

With the rivalry and bad blood between NURTW factions rising to fever pitch, news has emerged that the charismatic Mamok, known to be a close personal aide and friend to MC Oluomo (real name Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya – the Oshodi chapter chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers) was in a barbershop when several gunmen all dressed in black ambushed him and opened fire.

Mamok seen here on the right, with MC Oluomo – the Oshodi chapter chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers

It is believed that Mamok had only just returned from the UK where his wife and children live, had stopped briefly at the Secretariat and met with MC Oluomo before calling his friend who owned the barbershop on Mosaku street, to inform him that he was coming in for a haircut.

The rumour mill has the number of gunmen anywhere between three and ten, but the general consensus is that they were certainly more than the victim who struggled valiantly until he was shot in the head.

The gunmen then dragged his dead body out onto the street and dumped it on top of his car, making off with just his gold neck chain (presumably as both a trophy and proof of the completed assignment), and nothing else.

MC Oluomo has called for peace during this tense time, but it would be fair to say that Oshodi is simmering in tension right now as rumours, allegations, and stories fly. Even the barber is said to be in hiding as it is said that he mopped up the blood in his salon and ran away, despite being the only person that Mamok called to alert that he was coming to the barbershop.

©Samson Folarin|Mosaku street is in a state of uneasy calm since the shootings yesterday. Inset: Mamok

Mamok was a very well known figure in Oshodi, but he was thrust into the national and international limelight when he acted as a guide to Louis Theroux during the BBC programme “Louis Theroux’s Law & Disorder in Lagos” – explaining not just the geographical layout of the state of Lagos, but also the power struggles, hierarchy and workings of the NURTW.

Despite being a controversial figure given his associations and position in Oshodi, the overwhelming call has been one of sadness and regret over the loss of his life, as well as calls for his murderers to be found and brought to justice.

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