Two persons were feared dead yesterday when a fight broke out at Fadeyi, Ikorodu road area of Lagos State when two cultist groups clashed. Before normalcy was restored in the area, it was a reign of terror and panic leading to the closure of shops and other businesses in the area.
As sporadic shooting rented the air, which left people scampering for their lives, the busy Ikorodu Road was closed down for hours. At about 12:38p.m. Some of the street boys had blocked the Ikorodu Road under the bridge at the old Fadeyi bus stop. Fadeyi is noted for incessant cult clashes, and residents of the area confirmed the fight was between two factions of ‘area boys’ of two streets in Fadeyi.
A resident working with the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) said it was a supremacy war between the cult groups. “We had been hearing they wanted to fight for quite a while. The cause of this fight is that the two sides of Fadeyi want to know who is supreme over the other. They started fighting at about 10:00a.m.”
It was gathered that the two persons killed in the crisis were a dispatch rider killed by a stray bullet when he ran into the scene and an unidentified man among the warring hoodlums. Police officers, stationed at the area to maintain orderliness, confirmed the killing, adding they have deposited the bodies at the morgue.
Another resident said: “The crisis is not a small matter. Immediately the shooting started, the police on ground ran away, because those boys were heavily armed. They were not carrying pistols. I don’t know how to describe their guns, but the guns they carried surpassed that of the police in terms of the sophistication. It was after the whole crisis had simmered that the police and some SARS officials came to the scene.
“The fight initially started with the two warring factions throwing bottles at each other. Before you knew it, they started bringing out guns. A man, identified to be motorcycle rider for a logistics company was killed at Shiro Street,” he said.
At the time of the report, there was high presence of patrol vans and armoured personnel carriers of the Lagos State Police Command. Remnants of broken bottles, blood spills and sticks also littered the area and adjourning streets. Residents, who sustained various injuries, were also seen receiving treatments on the street.
Two police vans were parked at Adewusi Street and one at Shiro Street beside Oando filling Station, with officers sighted at strategic points in a bid to restore calm and order to the area.
Source: The Guardian