One person has been reported dead with scores injured in a clash between cultists and butchers in the Ajegunle area of Lagos.
At least one person was reported dead while scores were injured as a result of a bloody clash between butchers and suspected cultists at the Alayabiagba Market in the Ajegunle area of Lagos State on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
The fracas which began on the night of Tuesday, October 4, and spilled into Wednesday, according to Vanguard, saw a butcher killed in the process while commercial activities were disrupted in the area for the better part of the day.
It was learned that the cause of the skirmish arose following the killing of a commercial bus driver identified as Adewale Fakunle, by suspected cultists in the Tolu area.
The deceased, it was gathered, was returning from a friend’s place at about 10pm and reportedly walked into the cultists who were smarting from a defeat from a rival group.
A source narrated how the incident started:
“They were said to have attacked the helpless commercial bus driver with cutlasses and abandoned him in a pool of his blood to die. He, however, managed to get to his house on 14, Baale Aiyetoro home, from where he was rushed to the hospital, only to be confirmed dead."
Another eyewitness said:
“The fight was between some eleran (butchers) and Alayabiagba boys. One of the eleran was returning from a party at the weekend but was ambushed by Alayabiagba boys.
They collected his phone and money, beat him to coma, leading to his death. The eleran boys confronted the Alayabiagba boys on why they killed their colleague.
This resulted in a reprisal attack on Tuesday night during which one Alayabiagba boys was killed. The fight continued today (yesterday) with dangerous weapons freely used.
They attacked anyone in sight. Hoodlums used the opportunity to rob innocent persons and also looted shops.”
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When police officers from the Area ‘B’ Division, Apapa, led by the Commander, Mohammed Nuru, and soldiers attached to OP MESA eventually contained the situation, expended bullets from locally-made weapons used by the warring factions were discovered littering the area, with bloodstains everywhere.