Residents on Monday fled Ishawo in Ikorodu following Sunday’s killing of 12 persons, including a soldier and policemen by gunmen.
The Nation reports that all shops on Ishawo road were shut; few residents stood outside their homes counting their losses. Some residents said they were still looking for their loved ones.
Bodies of the slain policemen and an unidentified civilian were said to have been taken to Ikorodu General Hospital mortuary.
It was gathered that the gunmen earlier kidnapped more than nine persons including a two-year-old-boy, Chubuike Okeke.
A community leader, Raheem Olanrewaju, said Okeke was still in the kidnappers’ den. Others, he added, were rescued by police.
He said the kidnappers had contacted them and asked for N3,000 worth of recharge card to make what they called “an urgent call”.
He said: ”A boy was kidnapped and they are yet to get back to us to tell us how much ransom we should bring. You can see that this place has become lonely. People have fled. No one knows what would happen next.
“They killed Osazie, a landlord and a two-year-old boy. The militants killed them. They also shot Mr. Ojo and his wife. They are in the hospital. A little girl and her mother sustained gunshot injuries as well. So many people were injured in the attack. I don’t know the name of the boy that was killed.
“The kidnappers have established contact and they said they have Chubuike in their custody. They demanded for N3,000 recharge card. They said they wanted to make urgent calls. They haven’t told us when they would release the kid nor demanded money for his release.
“We are scared. Those who are still here don’t have anywhere to go, otherwise, not a single soul would have been left. This is the worst attack we have experienced here. It’s clear these criminals have returned. Government should come to our rescue.”
A resident said the gunmen went from one compound to the other, breaking into people’s homes and taking them captives.
He said they shot sporadically from midnight till 5am, while people scampered to safety.
According to him, it was while the gunmen were taking their hostages into the creek through their speedboats that policemen and soldiers obstructed them.
“They started shooting by the creeks again. The security forces overpowered them and rescued some of the victims. Other victims escaped in the course of the shooting. It was while the security forces were returning that the militants ambushed and killed them.”
Community leaders yesterday alleged that OPC members in the area issued a warning to residents to relocate their families to avoid collateral damages..
There was no security presence. Neither the police nor soldiers were sighted in the area at the time of visit.
The planned attack by the OPC was said to have been premised on the murder of Osazie, who was their member. He was said to have been burnt alive by the militants.
According to a source, the OPC members said they would raid the entire Ikorodu and flush out known militants’ informants.
He said: “Most people have fled not just because of the militants but because of the revenge the OPC members are planning. They have been meeting since Sunday and have vowed to kill the militants and their informants. They claimed to know their informants across Ikorodu.
“So, a lot of people are scared because the clash would be massive. That’s why people are relocating.”
In the meantime, the Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned Sunday’s killing by gunmen in Isawo, Ikorodu, Lagos.
A statement by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, on Monday said the party sympathised with the police, the army and the bereaved families.
According to The Nation reports, APC urged Lagos State Police Command and sister agencies to get those behind the dastardly act.
“Ikorodu has been in the news for the wrong reasons for some time now due to the activities of oil thieves, kidnappers and militants and we are of the opinion that this is the time to end the criminalities once and for all.
“We are in the know Lagos State has what it takes to deal with any security challenge from Ikorodu or any other art of the state and we are certain that the militants and kidnappers will not have the last laugh, knowing full well the consequences of taking the life of a law enforcement agent,” the party said.