Uneasy calm in Ikorodu after gunmen kill 14

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The crisis that engulfed some parts of Ikorodu area of Lagos State have been brought under control, Police Spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, has said.

Badmos told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that more police operatives and soldiers had been drafted to the area to ensure that the crisis does not spread to other areas.

She said that the command had also commenced investigation to ascertain the cause of the crisis.

The spokesperson, however, did not mention the number of people that were arrested or killed during the clash.

The crisis at Erekomuti/Itaoluwo areas of Ikorodu was started on Friday June 17, by two suspected pipeline vandal groups, which allegedly led to death of 4 persons.

The communities turned into theatre of war after reprisal attack was carried out during the week.

Unconfirmed sources said that no less than 10 persons were killed between Thursday evening and Friday morning.

“The place is a ghost town now; many residents have fled to Ikorodu metropolis or other parts of the state.

“The only solution is to have a police or army post in the area.

“The government should also intensify efforts to curtail the activities of pipeline vandals in the area,’’ one the residents who fled the area said.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, visited troubled spots in Ikorodu on Tuesday, February 14, and  ordered security agencies to apply appropriate force to clampdown on criminals, pipeline vandals, miscreants and cultists disturbing the peace of residents in the area.

In spite of a combined force of the Nigeria Army, Navy, Air Force, the DSS and the Police, hoodlums continue to wreak havoc in the town.