Lagos Island was in chaos this morning as youths from Idungaran in Isale Eko area invaded Isalegangan Street (Onola) with deadly weapons, ranging from knives and cutlasses to AK 47 rifles.
The rampaging youths used gallons of petrol were used to set a two-storey building at 28, Isalegangan Street ablaze.
About twenty vehicles were set ablaze while about 30 others were vandalised on Agarawu Street, Isale Agbede, Aroloya and Tom Jones at Idumota.
The mayhem started around 2 a.m. Several residents of the areas sustained injuries during the clash and were rushed to the hospital.
There were unconfirmed reports that four persons were feared dead but their identities could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.
The rampaging youths who were said to be sympathetic to two chieftains of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Alhaji Akanni Olohunwa and Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, a.k.a. MC Oluomo, contesting the chairmanship of the union in the state, attempted to destroy an ATM machine located inside New Star photo studio at 28, Isalegangan Street but they did not succeed.
Some houses were also vandalised. Investigations revealed further that the renewed clash was between youths in Isale-Eko and Onola/Agarawu/Itafaji boys over the ongoing leadership crisis in NURTW.
Isale Eko boys assisted by over 60 youths, dressed in black and armed with both dane and automatic guns, cutlasses and iron rods stormed Onola area through Agarawu and Itafaji and attacked youths there.
An eyewitness narrated that the invaders started shooting guns in air, daring anyone to come out and challenge them.
“It was the night guards along Palm Church area that started blowing their whistles to alert residents sleeping outside their buildings because of blackout by PHCN that saved the situation.
Many people would have been killed by the armed youths in their homes,” the witness said.
Another source added that the invaders got angry and started vandalising vehicles parrked on the streets when they were stopped by the night guards from attacking youths in their houses in Onola.
In a reprisal attack, Onola boys, it was learnt, drove back the invaders and started attacking innocent commuters coming to the Island through Idumota and Adeniji-Adele axis of the 3rd Mainland bridge.
The Head, Fashola family of Onala area, Agarawu, Alhaji Oladosu Fashola, said that the elders restrained their youths from attacking the intruders.
Fashola added that the casualty figure would have been on the high side if Onola youths had confronted the invaders. Appealing to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, to intervene in the crisis, Fashola said residents of Agarawu are interested in peace on Lagos Island and Lagos State, in general. “Since the incident happened last night, most shops were not opened this morning. Many residents could not go about their normal duties because of fear of harassment and molestation,”
Business activities at the affected areas were paralysed this morning as traders refused to open their shops for fear of renewed fighting.
Parents also refused to take their children to schools in the troubled areas.
Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Jaiyeoba policemen had been drafted to the affected area to maintain peace.
Source: PM news