There was chaos in the Mushin area of Lagos after some gang members, who were engaged in a supremacy fight clashed. During the fight, the skull of one Oluwafemi, was reportedly broken with a hammer.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the gang also stabbed the victim with knives, as some others smashed concrete blocks on his head.
Two other residents of Lawani Street, identified as Sheriff Ajani and Samuel Junior, sustained gunshot injuries, while two vehicles were damaged by the hoodlums.
A source said the fight started around 10am on Sunday and continued till 7pm when the gang members allegedly engaged in an exchange of gunfire with security operatives.
It was gathered that policemen from Area C, Area D, Rapid Response Squad and OP MESA soldiers, chased the suspected cult members into Gbobi Sabe, Ogunjobi and Ereko streets.
The source said, “It all started around 10am on Sunday. Femi and a friend were going to a betting centre when the hoodlums, who had mingled with some bus passengers at a park along the Ikorodu Road, seized him.
“In broad daylight, they started hitting his head with a hammer as some of them smashed blocks on his head. They stabbed him in the face with knives. They were about killing him when a group of people rescued him. He was rushed to a hospital where he is lying in a critical condition.
“Just some minutes later, the hoodlums reinforced, entered into Lawani Street and opened fire on residents. The attackers are Japron and Ereko boys. They include Seidu, Usher, Abbey, Jibade, Famous and Wasiri. They were calling boys on Lawani Street to come out.”
Another source said two residents of Lawani, Ajani and Junior, were hit by bullets and were rushed to a hospital.
It was learnt that the rampaging gang, who vandalised two vehicles on the street, went away with a cow tied down for a celebration around the Railway Line.
However, a resident of Ereko, who identified himself as Samsudeen Olayemi, said the fight was for the control of territories.
“It had nothing to do with us. It was among those who wanted to control the Jibowu area to take fees from POP sellers. We called the police to intervene,” he said.
Although normalcy had returned when PUNCH Metro visited the area around 3pm on Monday, a team of policemen was observed patrolling the flashpoints.
The Police Public Relations Officcer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.
She said, “I can confirm that some group of boys suspected to be cultists engaged one another in a supremacy fight. The command got the report and deployed response teams from the RRS, the area command and divisions. Normalcy has since returned.”