19th March, 2012
The Mushin gang battles which have claimed the lives of many innocent people since 2010 are far from over as an 18-year old JSS1 student has again been gunned down.
The cause of the shooting at Alasalatu area of Moshalashi, Mushin, in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, could not be ascertained, but an eyewitness told P.M.NEWS that a fight broke out between two factions led by Akeem a.k.a. Co-ordinator from Moshalashi and another led by Wasiu Balogun from Olountoyin area of Idiaraba when Saheed a.k.a. Alamala broke a bottle on the head of an unidentified boy said to be residing at Idiaraba.
He reportedly attacked the boy with a bottle because he crossed from Idiaraba to Mushin.
The teenager was later rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
P.M.NEWS gathered that Mushin youths have vowed since the supremacy battles broke out in 2010 that any time they see youths from Idiaraba, they would attack them.
Following the attack on a youth from Idiaraba by Saheed, fighting broke out between Mushin youths led by Akeem and Wasiu-led faction during which dangerous weapons were freely used.
The police at Olosan were alerted and they responded swiftly to restore normalcy. They arrested Saheed and took him to the station where he is still being detained.
Angered by the arrest of Alamala, according to a source, Akeem on sighting a JSS 1 student of Idiaraba Senior High School identified as Yusuf Adegbite shot him dead and escaped on Wednesday.
The police immediately cordoned off the entire battle ground to forestall a reprisal attack from Idiaraba boys, but residents are apprehensive about what would happen on the day the victim would be buried.
Narrating his dilemma to P.M.NEWS, the father of the deceased, Adegoke Akeem said, “my son told me he was going to Paul Oguntola Street in Mushin to collect his note book from his friend. And at about 8 p.m, somebody phoned me to say that my son had been shot dead.
“When I got there, people told me that my son was walking along the road when Akeem Coordinator shot him dead because he was an Idiaraba youth and that any time they set eyes on any Idiaraba youth, be he a student, they would kill him.
“I am now appealing to the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to declare Mushin arms proliferation zone and order all landlords and tenants who own guns whether licensed or not, to surrender them.
“The killing in Mushin is becoming too worrisome as if we are in a lawless society.
“I want the authorities to come to my aid.”
When P.M.NEWS visited the Olosan Police Division, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, was said to have gone out, but a police source confirmed the incident and the arrest of some suspects.