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24 May 2017

See How Police Inspector And Siblings Were Killed In Lagos Masquerade Festival

According to punch,a police inspector lost his life together with his two siblings at Ilagbo community in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos during a masquerade festival.

It was learnt that some youths of Oriyanrin, a neighbouring community, had attended the
masquerade event tagged, Kilajolu festival, at
Ilagbo on Saturday when a clash broke out between the two communities.

Some elders of the host community were said
to have sent the youths away.It was gathered that the youths regrouped and laid in ambush
for some Ilagbo youths who were returning from
the festival, hacking one Ismaila to death.

Ismaila’s brother, identified simply as Matanle,
had gone to remove the corpse of his brother
at the scene, when he was also hacked to
death by the Oriyanrin youths.
Angered by the deaths, Ilagbo youths reportedly
went on a reprisal and attacked Oriyanrin,
burning down houses, vehicles, among other
It was gathered that a team of policemen were
deployed in the communities to restore
normalcy, during which the inspector, whose
identity had yet to be disclosed, was killed by the rampaging youths.

A resident, Moriu Made,described the incident
as unfortunate, saying he escaped death by a whisker, adding that the community had been deserted.

He said,
“I was ill and because of that, I could not run when the youths from Ilagbo
invaded our community.
“They burnt my house and my younger
brother’s house. Some other residents’
houses were also burnt. I don’t know where to start from.
“My family members have run away; only
a few persons are left in the community
and I have not eaten for three days.
Government should please provide
adequate security for us.”
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai
Owoseni, who visited the warring communities
on Tuesday warned the residents to desist from
communal clashes.
The CP, while addressing traditional rulers and
elders in the areas, said the command would be
forced to take stiff actions against the communities if they failed to embrace peace.
He said,
“We will make sure there is no reprisal
in the community, but the traditional
heads need to do something except if
you are not capable.
“The elders in this community should be
ashamed of themselves. The police
helped you to settle clashes, but you
went ahead to kill an inspector.
“Nothing stops you from organising a
vigilance group with the police. Instead, your children go behind to kill policemen.

Policemen also have families. You know
the solution, but if you don’t want peace
to reign, we will handle it with force.
“You need to give us assurance that you
are ready to defend your communities
because security starts with you. You
should establish cordial relationship with
investors to enjoy corporate social
Owoseni urged the residents to join hands with
the police in fighting militants in the
communities, rather than creating divisions
among themselves.
“We keep doing our best in chasing militants
away from your communities, but you are
starting an internal fight instead of joining
hands with us to combat militants,” he said.
The CP confirmed the death of the brothers,
adding that two persons had been arrested in
connection with the crisis.

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