Two suspected thugs have been nabbed by police operatives of the Lagos State Command for reportedly fuelling violence in Orisumbare and Ojora communities in the Ijora area of the state.
The suspects who were nabbed on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 were accused of leading the gang to the attack which reportedly claimed the lives of three residents.
According to Punch, a protracted crisis between cult gangs in the two areas, deepened on Sunday, during a midnight party reportedly held in the Ojora area.
It was learnt that the rebels attacked and killed one of the residents of Orisumbare identified as Saheed Jimoh, who attended the party around 3am on Sunday, May 31, 2015.
His death prompted a reprisal attack from a gang from Orisumbare, who subsequently went to Ojora the same day and killed another resident known as Hammed Atobatele.
Now only did they kill people, the thugs also destroyed vehicles in the area and indiscriminately attacked some people living within the environ.
It took the intervention of some soldiers attached to the OP MESA who were alerted of the development to scare away the thugs who all escaped.
Meanwhile, one other resident identified only as Gafar was said to have drowned and died during his escape bid through a swamp.
The suspected gang leaders, whose names were not disclosed as investigations were ongoing, were being quizzed at the Department of Criminal Investigations, Yaba.
Narrating the incident, a resident, who identified himself only as Ahmed, said, “Saheed (Jimoh) had gone with his friends to Ojora for a night party on Saturday. Before now, there had been crises between Orisumbare and Ojora. At about 3am, while he went to ease himself, some hoodlums swooped on him and stabbed him to death.
“Immediately Orisumbare hoodlums learnt of the incident, they went to a man’s house and hacked him to death.”
His corpse was said to have been taken away by his parents for burial on the same day.
The secretary of the Apapa Iganmu Community Development Committee, Kehinde Omonisi, who claimed to have gotten the information earlier said, “When I got the information, I immediately alerted the police. There was a time we took some of them to an Ogun shrine where they vowed not to unleash mayhem in the area again. But it was a lie.
“When I tried to mediate on Sunday, one of their gang leaders, Gani Olore, attacked me. I was rushed to a hospital. We want all the hoodlums out of our area. There is no genuine reason for their clashes other than supremacy reason.”
Confirming the incident, the state police spokesperson, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said, “One person was killed by some rival area boys in front of his house. This is as a result of a protracted animosity between the two gangs. They also damaged vehicles parked on the street.
“A team of policemen, led by the Ijora DPO, went to the scene and the corpse was recovered. Some community leaders are helping the police to track down the perpetrators, and the area is being closely monitored.”