Suspected militants on rampage at Ikorodu



Rampaging militants yesterday stormed Igbolomu in Ikorodu, a Lagos suburb, kidnapping and killing residents.

It was gathered that the latest attack on Ikorodu allegedly began on Wednesday, with the hoodlums shooting everything on sight.

They were said to have shot a man who was driving home, injuring him on the shoulder and damaging his vehicle.

It was learnt that the resumed attack on Ikorodu was sequel to a raid carried out by police operatives on Monday and Tuesday following last Sunday’s alleged kidnappings and killings.

The Nation gathered that the hooded gunmen had stormed a primary school in the area at about 3pm yesterday, where they were sighted changing into black costumes.

According to a source who pleaded anonymity, the militants were sighted by some primary school children who informed their teachers.

“They came to that school around 3pm and they wore masks. They were changing into black costumes when some school children saw them and notified their teachers.

“That was how they fled and people in the area started running. About five patrol vehicles of Rapid response Squad (RRS) later came there and there was heavy gunshot in the area.

“I heard people were killed and some were kidnapped but I am not sure. I also fled the area yesterday to Lagos Island. I have no plans of returning to Ikorodu for now because it has turned into war zone.

“If militants do not attack, cultists will or there will be an explosion. For now, I do not intend going back,” he said.

A security source who hinted on the attack men police mean from the Special Anti-Robbery Sqaud  (SARS), RRS and counter-terrorism units have been engaged in show of force in Ikorodu.

“We do not have casualty details yet. Our men have been sent there and they have not come back. They are on a show of force in the area. Also, policemen have been sent alongside soldiers to patrol Imushe, around Igando so that the hoodlums do not flee Ikorodu and strike Igando,” he said.

Efforts to get official response from the police command failed at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, residents of Ikorodu are calling on the government to find lasting solution to the recent upsurge of violence in Ikorodu.



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