Yoruba And Hausa Clash In Lagos: 3 Killed, Customs Officer Injured (Photo)

LAGOS—Three persons were
shot dead yesterday, during a
shootout between hoodlums
and some officers attached to
the Federal Operations Zone A,
Ikeja, of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, at White Sand
community in Ijora Badia area of
Lagos State.
Three others, among who was a
Customs officer, also sustained
gunshot injuries. Trouble started, Monday,
following a clash between Hausa
and Yoruba residents over
accusation by the latter that the
former had been terrorising the
area. A resident, Tajudeen
Shamsudeen, explained that a
boy, identified as Ojo, said to be
on his way home, was allegedly
stabbed to death by some Hausa
boys. Shamsudeen said: “For long,
these Hausa boys have been
attacking people here. They
waylay people, dispose them of
cash and belongings. Even rulers
of both ethnic groups are aware of the issue.”
The attack on Ojo, according to
him, sparked a riot during which
dangerous weapons were freely
used by both parties.
But for the timely arrival of policemen from Ijora Badia, the
situation would have assumed a
violent dimension. 10 persons
were said to have been arrested
in connection with the unrest.
Demolition Vanguard gathered that
demolition of shanties in the
troubled community started
yesterday morning.
While unconfirmed reports had it
that it was on the order of the state government, the Hausa
alleged that the demolition was
carried out in their places of
abode only.
While the demolition was
ongoing, some Custom officers, who residents alleged were
invited by the Seriki Hausa,
stormed the community in three
patrol vehicles at about 2.30p.m.
They were alleged to have fired
sporadically to scare off some hoodlums, who were roaming
the area.
The hoodlums were said to have
resisted the Customs men, who
allegedly attempted to stop the
demolition, an action that led to a shootout, during which three
persons were felled by bullets.
One of the bullets from the
hoodlums hit a Customs officer.
The Customs men then fled the
scene, heading towards Apapa. As at 5p.m., Vanguard gathered
that the injured officer was being
treated at the Lagoon Hospital,
Apapa, with two police patrol
vans stationed within the
hospital premises. One of those hit by a stray bullet
was Azeez Tajudeen.
Eyewitnesses said he was first
taken to the police station for a
police report, before being
rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
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Confirming the incident, the state
Police Public Relations Officer,
Dolapo Badmus, a
Superintendent of Police, however, said only one person
died, while two others are
recuperating in the hospital.
She said:”The community and
the police were on a joint
operation of raiding black spots within the community and
arresting suspected criminals
yesterday.
“In the process, some officers of
the Nigerian Customs Service
officers, who were with officials of the National Emergency
Management Agency, NEMA, had
an encounter with some of the
hoodlums.
“They fired some shots and
three people were hit. As a result, one death was recorded,
while two others are receiving
treatment in the hospital.
Policemen are not involved.”

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