Res­i­dents flee as ten­sion mounts in Iko­rodu

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha & Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Lagos

Many res­i­dents of some com­mu­ni­ties in Iko­rodu, Lagos State, con­tinue to flee their homes for fear of at­tacks as ten­sion mounts in the area, checks by Daily Trust have shown.

There is a grow­ing ap­pre­hen­sion de­spite re­peated as­sur­ances by se­cu­rity agen­cies that the ram­pag­ing mil­i­tants had been chased away.

At Igando and Ishawo, fresh shoot­ings have raised con­cerns.

The hood­lums, it was learnt, stormed both com­mu­ni­ties in the wee hours of Satur­day, un­leash­ing ter­ror on the res­i­dents. And on Sun­day, a pas­tor of the Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God (RCCG) was kid­napped in Ishawo and his where­abouts yet to be known at press time through the po­lice spokesman Do­lapo Bad­mus con­firmed it was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

At Igando, the mil­i­tants were said to have at­tempted to abduct a wealthy man who man­aged to es­cape.

Wit­ness ac­count re­vealed that the mil­i­tants shot at any­one they saw, wound­ing at least six per­sons, in­clud­ing a po­lice in­spec­tor.

It was gath­ered that the com­mu­nity sent a dis­tress call to the po­lice­men who later stormed the place and en­gaged the mil­i­tants in a gun bat­tle that lasted about two hours.

A po­lice source al­leged that when the mil­i­tants ex­hausted their bul­lets, they es­caped through To­towu Wa­ter­ways, Ogun State and aban­doned some of the guns.

A res­i­dent, Don­ald Asiedu said, “We have a vig­i­lance group. We were in our duty posts when the mil­i­tants stormed our com­mu­nity. They were armed with Dane guns shoot­ing ev­ery­where, so we took to our heels.”

Bad­mus con­firmed that two per­sons, in­clud­ing a po­lice in­spec­tor, were shot.

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