At least two persons were confirmed dead from a bloody fight between groups of hoodlums who were suspected to be cultists at Pako, Yeside and Cassette areas of surulere, in Lagos.
It was gathered that the incident started in the early hours of Monday when some group of boys trooped from Mushin to Aguda and started firing gunshots sporadically in an apparent attempt to call out their rivals.
An eyewitness said they thought it was an armed-robbery attack initially, before they later found out it was a fight between cult groups, He said, “We initially thought it was a robbery incident. But we later heard that they were cult members. We all had to run for our lives. We understand that the fight is between two cult groups but we appeal to the Lagos State government to deploy able combatant security operatives to these troubled spots and stop these unnecessary deaths over gang wars.”
A source simply referred to as Ohammiri revealed that it was a fight for supremacy between two cult groups in the area.She said, “The men involved in the violence used guns and broken bottles as they attacked each other. The fight was between Mushin boys and Aguda boys. Aguda boys were allegedly fighting to establish dominance after Mushin boys invaded their territory.”
She added that the policemen drafted from the neighbourhood police stations could not control the gangs but the violence was later brought under control when SARS and RSS team arrived at the scene, by which time one person had been shot dead.
The PPRO, Elkana, confirmed that two people were killed in the clash, which began on Sunday. According to Elkana, on December 15, at about 11:41 a.m, police received a distress call that there was a gun shot at Pako, Aguda Canal. On getting to the scene, police found the body of one Alagodo ‘m’ 27, a follower of one Eluku who is currently in prison over violent crimes.
“On December 16, at about 08:30 a.m. some hoodlums from Ijesha, in what looks like a revenge mission stormed Aguda in large numbers with cutlasses, bottles and stone and other dangerous weapons. The hoodlums destroyed about 22 shops and vandalised some vehicles. Some hoodlums from Aguda equally reacted. One of the hoodlums from Aguda known as Timileyin Odulana was injured by the hoodlums from Ijesha. He was rushed to Military Hospital, Yaba, where he was confirmed dead,” he said.
Reacting to the incident, the Special Adviser, Information and Strategy to the council chairman, Lanre Oguntoyinbo, said the unrest, which occurred in the Pako area of Surulere, a boundary area between Coker/Aguda LCDA and Itire/Ikate LCDA, has been brought under control.
The police spokesman, Bala Elkana said police teams from the Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants, Rapid Response Squad, Area C Command Surulere, Aguda Division was mobilised to the scene and the situation brought under control, adding that some suspects have been arrested.