Estate, Ikejiobi Avenue, Ewedogbon, in the Igando area of Lagos State
after some militants engaged security operatives in a gun battle for
about seven hours.
attached to the Igando Police Division and two residents, identified as
Baba Victor and Adedokun, were injured.
gunmen, who were suspected to be militants, had invaded the community
around 6am through the waterways behind the estate.
in the head, the police said he survived the attack and was receiving
treatment in a government hospital.
were said to have regained their freedom from the militants, who had
earlier abducted them.
around 9am, four streets – Ojo Benjamin, Kehinde Ashafa, Ganiyu
Adekunle and Ikejiobi – had been deserted.
himself only as Olayinka, said there were women among the militants, who
also looted shops and escaped with foodstuffs.
community, Igando, on Saturday. We did not know it was our turn this
morning (Tuesday). At about 6.30am, they came into the estate, shooting
and moving around the streets.
doors. They caught a resident, Baba Victor, on his motorcycle, and took
him away. They cut him with machetes, but he escaped during the gun
battle with the police.
They were about 15 men. The hoodlums did not cover their faces and
there were women among them. Some of us were watching them from our
the corridor of my house around 6.30am when people suddenly started
running, saying some hoodlums were coming with guns. Immediately I
bolted my door, the gunshots started. From the keyhole, I saw four of
the men. A boy of about 20 years was in the front. He wore a red cap
with coconut in his hand and a charm on his chest. The three others had
guns and shot into the air sporadically.”
Squad armoured tanks and three OP MESA vans were sighted at the bus
stop with displaced residents numbering over 200 people.
waterside, said the gunmen arrived at the riverside around 6am, adding
that they could have collaborators in the estate.
They are young, slim and can easily swim away in water. They shot at us
and three policemen were injured. They saw us and laid an ambush. When
we got to a section of the river, they began to shoot. We replied the
bullets. But three policemen were hit and injured.”
by 2.30pm, the gun battle was still ongoing while a suspected hideout of
the hoodlums around the waterside was set ablaze.
Dolapo Badmos, said the police had yet to make any arrest, but normalcy
had been restored to the area.
the area in the early hours of Tuesday. Operatives were alerted and
moved in to foil the attack. Normalcy has been restored in the vicinity.
No policeman died in the incident. The command is still on the trail of