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Ikorodu Massacre: Fear Grips Residents Over Reprisal Attacks

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Posted: Jun 30, 2016 at 6:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yemi Adebisi & Emmanuel Udom

Lagos  – Residents of Elepete, Muti, Magbon, Ereko and Igbo Olomu in Ikorodu area of Lagos State are pleading with the government to establish a police station close to the communities in its bid to bring back peace to the troubled border towns that were ravaged recently by armed youths suspected to be Ijaw militants.

It was gathered that the closest police station to the endangered communities is located at Owutu, Agric bus stop, which is quite far away from the endangered communities.

The request was engendered by speculations that there may be reprisal attacks by members of the slain Hausa communities after the Ramadan fasting, scheduled to end on Tuesday July 5.

Ten days down the line, Independent gathered that some residents are moving out of the communities in droves, while those who brave the odds and stay put are said to be living in palpable fear.

It could be recalled that for days running two weeks, suspected Ijaw militants, vandals and the police were locked in a bloody clash, in which more than 30 people were reportedly killed and scores critically injured.

The build-up to the reprisal attacks occurred when the militants accused officers from the State Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS), in Lagos of allegedly killing two Ijaw men, linked with a robbery incident.

It was observed that even as at press time on Wednesday, the mass deployment of 5,000 security officers, made up of the police and soldiers to the communities, seems not to have doused the tension that enveloped these places in recent times.

Independent gathered that some of the landlords, who were accused by the militants of leaking the information about their illegal oil bunkering activities to the police, are contemplating selling their houses and other landed properties and leaving the communities.

But, Fatai Owoseni, Lagos State Police Commissioner and his Ogun State counterpart, Abdulmajid Ali, have repeatedly assured that there are enough security agents on ground at the communities to checkmate further breakdown of law and order.

One of the residents, identified simply as Akpan alleged that apart from the police killing suspected Ijaw men involved in the reported robbery incidence, some of the suspected vandals, who supplied oil to a filling station in Ikorodu (name withheld), may have been further provoked when the station’s management refused to clear the outstanding debts incurred through the illegal deal. But, while the entire communities seem militarised, following the heavy presence of security agents, Ijaw Youth Council has come out to deny the allegations that the militants and vandals who participated in the bloodbath were from Ijaw.

Spokesman for the council, Eric Omare, called on the Federal Government to treat those linked with the clash as criminals, arguing that organised bloody attacks overseen by the people of Ijawland were not only false, but mischievous.