Some residents living in White Sand community in the Ijora Badia area of Lagos State has reportedly abandoned their houses after a clash between hoodlums which led to the death of two persons.
It was reported that the clash, which started on Monday 25th July and continued till Wednesday 27th July, was between hoodlums from both Hausa and Yoruba dwellers in the area.
A resident, who gave his name only as Akinsile, reportedly said two persons died and three other persons were injured by the bullets.Ahmed Tijani and Ojo were identifiably confirmed dead.
“There had been tension between the Hausa and Yorubas, which became an issue on Tuesday when NEMA officials came to demolish unapproved structures. Some Hausa hoodlums resisted them and they stabbed a boy, Ojo, to death in the process.
Some Yoruba hoodlums also attacked the Hausa community in retaliation and it became an ethnic clash. On Wednesday, all the Hausa started fleeing the community. The Seriki Hausa is nowhere to be found. The customs officer, who shot at Tijani, was caught by angry residents and handed over to the police.”
Another resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said
“Four persons were injured. Two persons died. After the shootings, the customs men wanted to run, but the Yoruba people chased them and one customs officer was shot. He was rushed to a hospital.”
The hoodlums from both tribes were said to have clashed during a demolition being carried out in the area by the National Emergency Management Agency.
It was reported on Tuesday 26th July, that the Hausa community claimed that NEMA officials were demolishing houses belonging to them only, and some Hausa hoodlums tried to stop the officials from continuing with the exercise.
Some officers of the Nigeria Customs Service reportedly came to the aid of the NEMA officials, during which they allegedly shot randomly to disperse the hoodlums.
The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, Uche Ejesieme, said the customs officers were on routine patrol when the hoodlums mounted a roadblock and attacked the operatives. Speaking, he said
“Our operatives were on routine patrol and they ran into a roadblock mounted by some hoodlums. Our men also saw that some NEMA officials were carrying out a demolition in the area, but they were being attacked by hoodlums. So, NEMA officials called on our men to rescue them.
Customs men cannot shoot sporadically. We have rules of engagement. We have subjected this matter to a thorough investigation. One of our men was injured by the hoodlums during the rampage.” He said.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, however said the police did not arrest any customs officer, adding that normalcy had been restored to the area.