Days after leaders of the Ijaw National Council (INC) visited traditional rulers in Ogun state to apologise for and condemn attacks on some communities believed to have been carried out by suspected Niger Delta militants, another set of attacks took place in Ikorodu, Lagos.
The gun-wielding militants invaded the Igbolomu community in Ikorodu, on Thursday, where they are reported to have shot at residents and kidnapped a yet to be ascertained number of people.
One of the victims of the attack, a middle-aged man was hit by a bullet while driving home, The Nation reports. The Igbolomu resident sustained injuries but survived and is now receiving treatment. Some others were however said not to be so lucky.
Thursday’s attack followed a police raid in the area on Monday and Tuesday, during which a number of suspected militants were arrested in connection with a previous attack on Sunday.
A resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity told newsmen that the militants were initially 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,” he said.
A security source who hinted on the attack told newsmen that policemen from the Special Anti-Robbery Sqaud (SARS), RRS and counter-terrorism units were deployed to Ikorodu on Thursday evening.
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