Heavy gun­shots con­tinue as res­i­dents flee La­gos com­mu­nity •Save us from ‘Badoo’, Iko­rodu com­mu­nity begs Am­bode

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha & Do­tun Omisakin, La­gos

Heavy gun­shots con­tin­ued yes­ter­day be­tween dis­placed pipe­line van­dals and some se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives at the Igando Com­mu­nity.

The dis­placed van­dals had stormed the Obadore, Ewe­dog­bon, Ake­san Fa­toki, and Egan com­mu­ni­ties of Igando, and left six per­sons in­jured.

Although they were later re­pelled, the gang had suc­cess­fully carted away money and other valu­ables, and de­spite the heavy po­lice pres­ence and the de­ploy­ment of drones, he­li­copters and ar­moured per­son­nel car­ri­ers, the gun­men re­turned yes­ter­day.

The gun­men were said to have bided their time un­til the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Fatai Owoseni and his team who vis­ited the area for an on-thes­pot as­sess­ment, had left.

The CP had not gone far when they struck back, so the po­lice im­me­di­ately de­ployed their per­son­nel and re­pelled the gun­men again.

The com­mu­nity has been de­serted by the in­hab­i­tants of the area for fear of be­ing caught in the cross­fire be­tween the po­lice and the hood­lums. Few of the in­hab­i­tants still lives in their apart­ment as they said they have no place to go to.

The state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Do­lapo Bad­mos, said the po­lice had re­gained con­trol of the area.

Mean­while, the Ibeshe com­mu­nity in Iko­rodu, La­gos State, has called on Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode to res­cue the com­mu­nity from a man widely known as Badoo.

The Chair­man, Ibeshe­land Joint Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, Pas­tor Fred Ola­nipekun, who yes­ter­day led a protest to the La­gos House, cried that the com­mu­nity had been bereft of peace for the past two years be­cause of Badoo’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ola­nipekun al­leged that Badoo had caused ex­ten­sive havoc in the com­mu­nity kid­nap­ping, killing and rob­bing ruth­lessly, and rap­ing both young and old women.

A leader in the Ibeshe com­mu­nity, Mrs Oluwaseun Osundairo, said panic was now the word among women. Even many men, she stated, had fled the area.

Al­lay­ing the protesters’ fears, Mr Se­gun Sen­uoye from the Of­fice of Civil En­gage­ment, as­sured them that Am­bode would wade in to en­sure the prob­lem was solved.

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