One Killed, Several Injured As Area Boys Clashed In Lagos

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Some hoodlums clashed in Coker area of Orile Iganmu, Lagos yesterday killing one person and injuring several others in the process.

The fight which started on Sunday reports say was a supremacy battle between rival groups.

Dangerous weapons were reportedly wielded during the clash which paralysed commercial activities in the area, as traders feared for their lives and locked up early for the day.

Reports say motorists plying the route had their windscreen smashed by the warring miscreants who were also said to have taken advantage of the situation to rob commuters and other passers-by.

Sources say a member of one of the factions who was stabbed severally bled to death on the spot.

Policemen from Orile Division however arrived at the scene before things got worse, and were said to have made some arrests.

Spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, while confirming the incident said five persons had been arrested in connection with the clash.

“At about 9:45pm, some group of thugs engaged in a supremacy battle in Coker area of Orile. Policemen rushed to the scene and on arrival, it was observed that the streets were littered with pebbles and some vehicles vandalized.

“On sighting the police, the hoodlums took to their heels, while the corpse of a man of about 27years, suspected to have participated in the mayhem was seen lying in a pool of his blood with severe cuts on him,” Braide said.

“Five male suspects were arrested while some cutlasses and a locally made shot gun were recovered. The injured victims were later referred to the hospital and the corpse deposited at Yaba General Hospital mortuary for autopsy”, she said, adding however, that normalcy had returned to the area. [VN]

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