It has been a day of catastrophe on Saturday at the Isiu community in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State as one person reportedly killed, while several others sustained injuries as hoodlums believed to be land grabbers the residents of the community.
Sahara Reporters gathered that the hoodlums shot sporadically to disperse and scare residents who were going about their lawful duties.
According to the community’s traditional ruler, Olukayode Raji, the community has been witnessing several hoodlums attacks since he attained the position on August 24, 2020, adding that there was no police station in the community.
He, however, urged the Nigerian police to site one of its stations in the community which has a population of about 3, 000 residents.
Nigerian News Agency (NAN), quoted him as saying:
“The hoodlums shot sporadically to disperse and scare residents who were going about their lawful duties.
“I am calling on the police IG and CP Lagos State to help restore peace and safe my community from the hands of hoodlums and land grabbers.”
The Chairman of Isiu Community Development Association, Opeyemi Taiwo, while also speaking about the attack, stated that the hoodlums usually carry out their devilish attacks on the community at night.
He stressed that one person was killed on Saturday and his corpse had been taken to Imota police station for transfer to the mortuary.
In his words:
“Isiu community has been experiencing horrific attacks since Lagos State Government gave Oba Raji his staff of office in August 2020.
“One of the aspirants to the throne of the kingship became angry and began to wage war against the community.
Stressing further, Taiwo noted that the hoodlums launched attacks on the community, they usually rape their wives, collect phones, motorcycles and money, adding nobody can dim it fit, to sleep with two eyes closed. He added:
“Farmers cannot go to farm and shops have remained closed.”
Also speaking to the newsmen, another traditional ruler, the Araba of Isiu, Ifagbemi Adifala, appealed to Lagos State Government to provide adequate security to enable residents to sleep with their two eyes closed.
The Ikorodu North Local Council Developmental Area Chairman, Hon. Adeola Banjo, also confirm that the attacks were more of landgrabbers fighting among themselves.
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He noted that he has done the needful from his side but the security issue is not what he can be discussing openly, adding that the matter is an issue of landgrabbers and nothing more.
Also confirming the incident, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said:
“FCID (Force Criminal Investigation Department) is handling the matter and proper investigation will be done.
“The command will work with the team to unravel the incident.”