Lagos: Gunmen storm Igando community, cause mayhem

Gov Ambode of Lagos state
Gov Ambode of Lagos state

Heavy gunshots continued yesterday between some gunmen and security operatives at the Igando Community.

The displaced vandals had stormed the Obadore, Ewedogbon, Akesan Fatoki, and Egan communities of Igando, and left six persons injured.

Although they were later repelled, the gang had successfully carted away money and other valuables, and despite the heavy police presence and the deployment of drones, helicopters and armoured personnel carriers, the gunmen returned yesterday.

The gunmen were said to have bided their time until the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni and his team who  visited the area for an on-the-spot assessment, had left.

The CP had not gone far when they struck back, so the police immediately deployed their personnel and repelled the gunmen again.

The community has been deserted by the inhabitants of the area for fear of being caught in the crossfire between the police and the hoodlums. Few of the inhabitants still lives in their apartment as they said they have no place to go to.

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The state Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, said the police had regained control of the area.

Meanwhile, the Ibeshe community in Ikorodu, Lagos State, has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to rescue the community from a man widely known as Badoo.

The Chairman, Ibesheland Joint Community Development Association, Pastor Fred Olanipekun, who yesterday led a protest to the Lagos House, cried that the community had been bereft of peace for the past two years because of Badoo’s activities.

Olanipekun alleged that Badoo had caused extensive havoc in the community kidnapping, killing and robbing ruthlessly, and raping both young and old women.

A leader in the Ibeshe community, Mrs Oluwaseun Osundairo, said panic was now the word among women. Even many men, she stated, had fled the area.

Allaying the protesters’ fears, Mr Segun Senuoye from the Office of Civil Engagement, assured them that Ambode would wade in to ensure the problem was solved.

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