A police inspector and two siblings have lost their lives during a masquerade festival at Ilagbo community, in the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that some youths of Oriyanrin, a neighbouring community, had attended the masquerade event tagged, Kilajolu festival, at Ilagbo on Saturday when a clash broke out between the two communities. Some elders of the host community were said to have sent the youths away.
The youths of Oriyanrin regrouped and laid in ambush for some Ilagbo youths who were returning from the festival, hacking one Ismaila to death.
Punch Metro learnt that Ismaila’s brother, identified simply as Matanle, had gone to remove the corpse of his brother at the scene, when he was also hacked to death by the Oriyanrin youths.
Angered by the deaths, Ilagbo youths reportedly went on a reprisal and attacked Oriyanrin, burning down houses, vehicles, among other valuables.
A team of policemen were reportedly deployed in the communities to restore normalcy, during which the inspector, whose identity had yet to be disclosed, was killed by the rampaging youths.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who visited the warring communities on Tuesday warned the residents to desist from communal clashes.
The CP, while addressing traditional rulers and elders in the areas said, “We will make sure there is no reprisal in the community, but the traditional heads need to do something except if you are not capable.
“The elders in this community should be ashamed of themselves. The police helped you to settle clashes, but you went ahead to kill an inspector.
“Nothing stops you from organising a vigilance group with the police. Instead, your children go behind to kill policemen. Policemen also have families. You know the solution, but if you don’t want peace to reign, we will handle it with force.
“You need to give us assurance that you are ready to defend your communities because security starts with you. You should establish cordial relationship with investors to enjoy corporate social responsibility.”
Owoseni urged the residents to join hands with the police in fighting militants in the communities, rather than creating divisions among themselves.