By Olasunkanmi Akoni,
There was pandemonium yesterday at Ewedogbon area of Totowu, a riverine community in Ishuti, Igando, old Alimosho Local Government Area, which was engulfed in a fresh attack by suspected Niger Delta militants.
Multiple sources said many people were killed as the militants entered into people’s houses to torment them.
However, the casualty figure could not be ascertained at the time of this report. Residents of the community said the militants came very early and in large numbers wielding guns and other dangerous weapons.
A resident who did not want his name mentioned said the militants stormed the area and started killing people.
He sent through a WhatsApp message that; “Please help us call emergency lines right now, Ewedogbo area of Igando, LASU Road is a theatre of war, Niger Delta militants are killing people right now, no one can call or go out, I am an eye witness, please, help us spread the information.” The message was reportedly sent around 7am.
He said no one could come out of their houses as the gunmen occupied the streets breaking into people’s houses at will. It was learnt that some policemen who had stormed the area at the time the militants wreaked havoc, ran back to mobilise.
Police sources also said the police had mobilised and had taken back the community from the militants as armoured personnel carrier had been stationed in the area.
Dolapo Badmos, Lagos police spokesperson said the police were aware of the invasion and had deployed large numbers of policemen to the area to protect lives and properties.
A member of the military team involved in yesterday’s operation to free the area, who preferred anonymity for security reasons, confirmed the attack, saying the militants came through one of the river terminal at about 7 am. The gun battle was said to have lasted several hours.