Police Arrest 16 as Factional Crisis Claims Seven in Lagos

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Chiemelie Ezeobi

Following the protracted factional crisis between two cult groups in Badia, a suburb of Lagos State in Apapa-Iganmu Council Area, which has claimed seven lives in the past three days, the police have arrested 16 suspects in connection with the incident.

Led by CSP. Idyar Apev, the Badia Police Division were said to have arrested the suspects as the death toll increased and properties worth millions of naira were also carted away during the crisis.

Aided by a team from the Anti Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, the police operatives also recovered 10 expended cartridges, just as the suspects are currently undergoing interrogation at the unit.

Meanwhile, two other persons were said to have sustained injuries from the gunshots by the factions during the bloody clash.

During the three-day melee, the opposing gangs known as Railway boys and Suara boys, unleashed mayhem on the suburb, totting dangerous weapons like locally made pistols, long guns and machetes.

After the reign of terror, three of the seven deceased persons were identified as Muyideen Saka of 30B Baale street, a marketing staff of Leadway Assurance Company, and one Wasiu Ajani of 42 Baale street, as well as a a trader of northern extraction, simply identified as Isah.

On the other hand, one of the injured victims was identified as Wasiu Yusuf, having sustained serious gunshot injury and was rushed to a private hospital (name withheld) for medical attention.

Another victim, who was identified as Wasiu Jimoh of Church Street, escaped unhurt, but had his household properties carted away.

Also, the residence of the founder of Liberty Church of Zion, Primate Ayanfe Ikuyinminu, located behind Ajeromi Primary School, was looted by the hoodlums, alongside that of several other residents.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested some suspects, but the residents revealed that the real culprits responsible for the mayhem were not among those arrested.

According to some residents who spoke under the condition of anonymity, this recent clash started when some armed youths, allegedly from the Suara faction, invaded the Railway line section of the community, shooting sporadically and injuring some residents.

They were said to have been repelled by the Railway boys, who chased them towards the white sand area of the community and killed two among them.

Following the killing of the two Suara boys, they regrouped the following day and launched a reprisal attack on the Railway boys and also killed two.

In their bid to retaliate, the Railway boys pursued them and they ran in the direction of Baale and Church streets where it turned to a theatre of war.

A community leader who also pleaded not to be named said they had engaged the services of members of the O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) to partner the police to protect the community.