The Nation’s Newspaper report:
when they drowned inside the lagoon at Otodogbame. He said their bodies
were yet be found.
“This problem started since last weekend but things really got bad on
Sunday when the police came here and arrested our monarch, Baale Dansu
Hunkpe. How can anyone claim we are not Nigerians? Where are we from
“Our ancestors migrated to this community from Badagry and we
have lived here for centuries. Over 90 percent of the people here are
Nigerians. The other 10 percent are other nationals who are residents.
is all about land tussle. The boys were sent here to chase us out of
our homes so that their senders can inherit our properties. So many
people were arrested that Sunday but yet, we resisted their attempt to
chase us out.
“But early morning on Wednesday, they came again. The
youths, mostly cultists, came with cutlasses and other weapons. They
were cutting people on sight.
“So many people were injured in that
process. As they macheted people, they scattered our homes and set them
ablaze. It was in the chaos that the 10 children drowned inside the
“We have not seen their bodies yet. As I am talking with you,
I am still inside the water. So many people have been rendered
homeless. We called the police but instead of assisting us, the police
joined the hoodlums in burning our homes.”
“No one died. Some people were injured. In all, about 30 persons have
been arrested. The division had arrested some of them, including their
leaders and charged them to court. They are in prison custody. It is a
fight between the Yoruba and non-indigenes. The Yoruba are claiming the
Egun are non-indigenes and so, they should vacate the community.
said their lands are high priced now and that they want them back but
the Egun refused because they have been in the area for almost 100 years
and have no place to go. So, because the place is by the water, the
hoodlums hide inside the water surrounding bushes and then, come out to
light matches on the shanties and disappear again.
“It is not true
that police supported them. We have been arresting some of them. And we
also put out the fire and policemen from RRS rescued people from being
burnt to death.”
PUNCH Newspaper’s report:
No fewer than 200 structures were burnt
on Wednesday in Otodo Gbame, an Egun community in the Lekki Phase 1 area
of Lagos State, during a clash between some Egun and Yoruba youths.
insisted that residents would not leave their houses, tagging the youths
as hoodlums and land grabbers.
crisis came to a head on Wednesday when the Yoruba youths set fire to
the structures in the area at about 8am.
injured during the clash, while the area was quickly deserted as the
fire raged. Some residents reportedly salvaged their property from the
fire and fled.
Rapid Response Squad, the Maroko division and the Area J Command, Ajah,
went to the area to restore normalcy.
ablaze, the mother and the father of the baby fled. It was the cry of
the baby that drew the attention of policemen to that room. The baby was
locked inside the house. The baby was rescued and reunited with her
resident, who identified himself only as Hunsu, said, “The crisis
started on Sunday. Some people came and said they had bought our land
and we should relocate. We did not know that the hoodlums would go to
they invaded the community and set fire to our property. All my
belongings are gone. My wife and children are homeless.”
Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, went to the area around 2pm and
held a peace meeting between the leaders of the two groups.
Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said five suspects were arrested in
connection with the crisis.
that the Egun and Yoruba communities were engaged in a serious brawl
over land issue. Upon receipt of the information, the command operatives
from the RRS and men of the Area J Command moved in. Some shanties
being occupied by the residents were set ablaze by the warring factions.
houses. Five suspects were also arrested in connection with the fracas.
The CP visited the scene and promised that everyone involved in the
clash would be duly prosecuted.”