By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Atleast eight persons were allegedly killed, scores of residents sustained severe injuries and property worth millions of naira looted during renewed clashes between rival youths on Lagos Island.
It was gathered yesterday that the clash that claimed the lives was between youths from Onola and Okepopo and started after the later gang leader, Falapa, was released on Friday night.
Residents disclosed that in an apparent show of strength, the Okepopo gang stormed Onola axis, inflicting injuries on residents and looted traders wares within the axis.
They said: “It was during the attack that the Okepopo boys shot and machete to death a-yet-to-be-identified teenager found sleeping inside Keke-Marwa at entrance of Iga Faji.”
It was gathered that some beggars and traders of northern extraction were not spared by the gang during the attack that lasted for several minutes, inflicting injuries on them.
Pained by the narration from traders and residents, the Onola youths regrouped and launched reprisal attack on Okepopo area.
A resident, Adegboyega Ismail, narrated that some traders who lost goods worth millions of naira during the attack teamed up with Onola youths during the attack on Okepopo axis.
He stressed that their grievances was that the Okepopo youths had often during attacks on Onola axis loot traders warehouses and shops.
During the attack, residents narrated that about four members of the Okepopo gang, who participated in the earlier attack, were allegedly killed by Onola gang.
In retaliation, the Okepopo boys alerted their allies and launched another attack on Sunday night. But on arrival, they were resisted by Onola youths, who sources said had laid a siege within the community for them.
As the attack intensified, another youth from Okepopo was hacked down by their opponent before the police arrived to restore normalcy.
The Guild gathered that efforts by the Policemen from Area ‘A’ Lion Building divisional stations to end the mayhem proved abortive as the weapons brandished different weapons, vowing not to relent.
A resident, who doesn’t want his name in print narrated that few minutes after the police deployed to quell the attacks returned to their stations, “the Okepopo boys launch and concluded another attack within 15 minutes, returning into their hideouts.
To bring sanity, a military team was on Tuesday night deployed and was seen at Oshodi/Tokunboh junction on Lagos Island.
.only one corpse was recovered from scene-PPRO
Confirming the clash, Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Chike Oti, debunked the number of causalities recorded during the clashes.
Oti stressed that the figure was false but disclosed that one body was recovered from the scene by the Nigerian Police.
He narrated: “Some group of boys engaged themselves in a free for all fight. And during the clash, a distress call was made to the Area A, Lion Building Commander, Haruna Muhammed, who rushed to the scene in company of other officers.
“Immediately after their arrival, they restored normalcy. However, they recovered the body of an unidentified young man at the scene. He might have died from the injuries inflicted on him during the clash.
“The number is not true. This is Lagos and such cannot be allowed to happen. I know that if such happened, someone could have recorded it and circulate to others. And I believe it would have gone viral,” Oti added.