A group of gunmen yesterday invaded two communities Elegbete and Igbolomu in Ikorodu area of Lagos from waterfronts, allegedly killing at least 20 residents.
According to residents, the bandana-wearing gunmen, who were reportedly more than 100 in number invaded the communities between 9.00am and 10.00am Monday June 20, robbing from one house to the other.
A source said:
“They attacked people and raped some women. They stole money and killed some residents.”
The source explained that the reprisal was launched after some SARS officers killed two of the militants last Friday in a hotel in Elepete. It was gathered that the militants had actually gone to rob a place, but their faces were captured by CCTV cameras. When a landlord in Elepete sighted them in the hotel, he gave the police information of their presence in the hotel.
The militants, on sighting the police in the hotel, tried to open fire, but the SARS operatives were quicker. The SARS officers killed two of them and arrested others, including the owner of the hotel. They took the corpses away. The source explained:
“As a reprisal, the militants attacked Elepete village from Friday night till Saturday morning. They killed no fewer than 15 people. Today’s attack is a continuation and it appeared they reinforced.”
A resident confirmed that gunshots were intense in the communities as residents were running for safety while schools and businesses were hurriedly shut down by owners to avert being caught in the invasion.
“People fled home. Schools, shops, markets and other business centres in the areas were now like ghost town as people deserted them. Parents hurried ran to school to take their children home while the police and army have taken over the area to provide security.”
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Although it confirmed the gruesome attack on the communities and its residents, the Lagos State Police Command debunked reports that the invasion by the gunmen claimed 20 persons as alleged by some residents, adding that the Police with the support of some soldiers, repelled the militants.