1 dead, 4 houses burnt in gunmen attack in Lagos

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At least one person was killed and four buildings burnt on Monday night at Dawodu Lane in Ilogbo Community at Apapa Road in Ebute-Meta, Lagos, when gunmen attacked the community.

Residents of the area told NAN that the attackers came at around 9:00 p.m.

NAN reports that some youths were seen with dangerous weapons, including cutlass and guns, while some residents were seen with their luggage moving out of the area.

Mrs Titilayo Ajose, wife of the community leader, Chief Lateef Ajose, told NAN that about 20 families were currently taking refuge in the palace after the attack.

Mrs Ajose, popularly known as Ope-Oluwa, said the people who arrived the palace around 10:00 p.m. on Monday night, were mostly women and children.

According to her, the crisis in the community is becoming a big challenge, stressing that there was always shooting and looting of shops and houses during attacks.

“We cannot still identify who the attackers are and their mission or grievances. The attackers are unknown gunmen.

“We have sacrificed several times to the gods to end these attacks but all to no avail.

“We want peace in Ilogbo Community. We want the police to station their men on the streets in the community.

“People are afraid to open their shops or go out at night,” she said.

One of the residents, Mrs Rafuat Ado, told NAN that the gunmen invaded her home at No. 1, Dawudu Lane at about 9:00 p.m. with guns.

“They sprayed petrol over our house and other buildings around it and set them on fire. The arrival of the police saved us from being killed.

“The police escorted us to the palace where we slept with other families,” Ado said.

Crisis has continued to engulf the community since 2013. NAN recalls that two persons, including a leader of the APC, Kunle Awotunde, were killed last month during an attack in the community.

Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, DSP. Ngozi Braide, who confirmed the clash, told NAN that no fewer than 10 people had been arrested in connection with the attack.

Braide said that a police team from the Iponri Divisional Headquarters, arrested the suspects at about 1.30 a.m. at Otto area of Ebute-Meta.

“The suspects will be screened and those found culpable will be prosecuted,” Braide said.

The spokesperson said that meanwhile, the police had intensified patrol in the area

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