Suspected militants have reportedly invaded Igbolomu and Ishawo areas in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Eyewitnesses who escaped from one of the invaded areas, said the gunmen from the Niger Delta came through water channel since yesterday and started shooting sporadically.
Three days ago, there was pandemonium in some Lagos and Ogun communities as suspected militants unleashed mayhem on several residents in an orgy of violence that lasted for hours.
The militants, who were reportedly more than 100, carried out series of attacks on houses in the adjoining communities of Elepete and Kajola areas of Ogun State, and the Igbo Olomu community of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Gunshots were said to have been fired by the militants as people fled to safety. Schools and commercial centres were hurriedly shut.
Yesterday also, a new militant group, identified as Asawana Deadly Force of Niger Delta, ADFND, emerged in the Niger Delta region threatening to cripple the oil industry across the nine Niger Delta states unless the Federal Government grants them a Republic in the next couple of days.
The group in a statement by its leader, Commander Olomubini Kakarakokoro, a.k.a No Mercy, stated that except their demand for a Niger Delta Republic is granted, without further notice to the Federal Government, they shall proceed to bomb Bonga field flow station, Asaba- Onistha Bridge, Third Mainland Bridge and other major bridges in the Southtern part of the country, just for a start.
Another militant group in Imo State, by the name Niger Delta Red Squad (NDRS), had a few days ago, threatened to attack Shell pipelines in Oguta Local Government Area and shut down all oil wells in the state.
They warned that until the oil producing areas in the state were given what “rightfully belongs to them”, there would be no peace for oil companies to operate in the state. The NDRS warned oil companies to evacuate their workers with immediate effect.
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The NDRS had earlier claimed responsibility for the bombing of two pipelines belonging to Elf Oil Company at Awara, Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area.