One person was reportedly killed while many others sustained injuries on Saturday when hoodlums believed to be land grabbers attacked residents of Isiwu community in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
The traditional ruler of the community, Olukayode Raji, said the incessant attacks on the community had started since he attained the position on August 24, 2020.
He noted that there was no police station in the community, urging the police to site one in the community which has a population of about 3, 000 residents.
NAN quoted him as saying,.
“The hoodlums shot sporadically to disperse and scare residents who were going about their lawful duties.
“I am calling on the police IG and CP Lagos State to help restore peace and safe my community from the hands of hoodlums and landgrabbers,” he said.
Also speaking on the attack, the Chairman, Isiwu Community Development Association, Opeyemi Taiwo, stated that the hoodlums usually carry out their heinous attacks at night.
According to Taiwo, one person was shot dead on Saturday and his corpse had been taken to Imota police station for transfer to the mortuary.
“Isiwu community has been experiencing horrific attacks since Lagos State Government gave Oba Raji his staff of office in August 2020.
“One of the aspirants to the throne of the kingship became angry and began to wage war against the community.
“Any time they come, they rape our wives, collect phones, motorcycles and money, nobody can sleep with two eyes closed.
“Farmers cannot go to farm and shops have remained closed,” he said.
Another traditional ruler, the Araba of Isiwu, Ifagbemi Adifala, in his reaction, appealed to Lagos State government to provide adequate security to enable residents to sleep with their two eyes closed.
The Chairman, Ikorodu North Local Council Developmental Area, Adeola Banjo, said the attacks were more of landgrabbers fighting among themselves.
“Security issue is not what we discuss openly, I have done the needful from my own side. The matter is an issue of landgrabbers and nothing more,” the chairman said.
Confirming the incident, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said: “FCID (Force Criminal Investigation Department) is handling the matter and proper investigation will be done.
“The command will work with the team to unravel the incident.”