Chief Adeoye Lamidi Shomide: When Voodoo, Thuggery And Politics Combine

 

At 60 years old, Chief Adeoye Shomide is an unabashed traditionalist and political stalwart. The title of chief which he insists must be attached to every reference made to his name points to his standing as one who holds a number of titles in the traditional setting.

 

A man who is known for uncomplimentary acts from down all the way to the top in the Nigerian society, he is a ready tool in the hands of prominent politicians especially the ruling political party in Lagos and Ogun State where he holds sway, as well as Nigeria as a whole, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

A way to make what he does pleasant is to say he is a mobilizer during campaigns and elections proper, his main involvement in the process is as a leading thug who recruits willing deadly touts mainly from his profession, transportation as enforcers against opponents during elections and to shut detractors and swing the porous Nigerian electoral process for his paymasters.

 

While he is also a business man for lack of a better name, his other interests lie in haulage where he holds vast investment due to rolling contracts for the dirty job he does for the people in power and real estate.

 

On the real estate side, he has overreaching influence as a leading land speculator in the entire south west region of the country, grabbing swathes of land in choice locations at will and even helping government when it does not want its name stated in certain dealings. In the area of land grabbing, his reputation as a fearsome thug and traditionalist who is adept at manipulating human and situations through the use of voodoo come well into play.

 

It goes without saying that such a man, knowing the influence he controls would want a place to lay claim to as his territory and it is not surprising that he aspires to the kingship position as Baale of Ago Oba in his home community.

 

That is how things stand and one must offer nothing but pity and prayers for anyone he or any of his teeming boys as much as perceive to be working against such an ambition.

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