22nd November, 2010
Following incessant attacks on innocent people, especially the one that happenedÂ during the last Eid-el-Kabir festival, where one person was reportedly killed andÂ several others injured, residents of Odiolowo of Odiolowo/Ojuwoye Local CouncilÂ Development Area of Lagos State, Nigeria, have appealed to the state government andÂ police authority to provide adequate security for them.
Those who reside on Oyegunle, Amodu Smith, Alhaji Lasisi, Anu-Oluwapo, Akala andÂ Adegbite streets as well as some other streets in the area, told Lagos Bulletin thatÂ attempts by the people of the community to resist the activities of hoodlums who doÂ not reside in the community but have made the place their hideout, have been futile,Â as they have turned cultist, attacking the people indiscriminately.
Mr. Olasunkanmi Iyanda, a resident of the area, told Lagos Bulletin thatÂ theÂ suspected cultists pose as members of the Oodua Peopleâ€™s Congress (OPC) from WardÂ A1, who go out to commit all sorts of atrocities, adding that when they stormed theÂ community, people thought they were part of people but it got to a stage that theirÂ activities could no longer be condoned and that was when the problem started as theyÂ began to harass and extort money from the residents and an attempt to stop them toÂ be more furious, threatening to kill everybody in the community.
Olasunkanmi also alleged that the suspected cultists are being financed by someÂ politicians in the area and that, according to him had handicapped the police inÂ curtailing their activities.
Also, an 80-year old woman, Idowu Opebi, narrated her ordeal in the hands of theÂ hoodlums, saying â€œI was in the front of my house when they came in their multitude,Â threatening to kill everybody in the community. They dragged me on the ground andÂ beat me until some youths came to my rescue. In fact, but for the youths, I wouldÂ have been dead by now.
â€œI appeal to the state government to investigate the matter and bring those involvedÂ to book because we live in fear of being attacked here everyday.â€
Another septuagenarian, Madam Iyabo Batula, in her own, said â€œthe Sallah celebrationÂ was about to be hosted my children and grandchildren and just as we were preparingÂ the meals, we just saw them coming and they were shooting sporadically, attackingÂ everybody. On the following day, they also came with weapons and petrol, threateningÂ to burn down our buildings, while they were shooting at people and in the process,Â one man, Alimi Shittu, was killed, while several others were wounded.â€
Madam Batula said that prior to the attack, the community had petitioned AlakaraÂ Police Station and the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, Zone 2 Police Command, theÂ Inspector General Of Police, Lagos State House Of Assembly and Lagos StateÂ Government over the matter, but the case has remained the same.
When our reporter visited Alakara Police Station on the matter, the DivisionalÂ Police Officer (DPO), was said to be out of office but an officer at the station whoÂ declined to mention his name, confirmed the incident and that it is beingÂ investigated.
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