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Pregnant woman killed by hoodlums in Lagos community

A pregnant woman has reportedly lost her life during a gang war involving rival hoodlums in a Lagos community.

The scene of the gang war

Punch reports that beside the late woman, six other people were imjured in the attack which was allegedly led by one Itakun, in a reprisal attack on suspected rivals.

It was gathered that the Itakun gang had gone to the area on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at about 9pm to attack members of a factional group at a drinking joint.

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The hoodlums were said to have shot sporadically into the air to announce their presence and in the process, a stray bullet hit the deceased, two siblings, Gbenga and Olaoluwa, and four other residents.

The woman, it was learned, was on a visit to her husband’s brother in the area and was in front of his shop when the bullet hit her.

She and other victims were rushed to a health centre in the community, where she was confirmed dead.

Toba Kamoru, an eyewitness, told reporters that the incident created panic in the neighbourhood as people scampered to safety, adding that one of the hoodlums was arrested by the police the following day.

“There is a woman who sells herbs and local gins at Cemetery, by Jebba Street; a lot of people usually gather around her in the evening.

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We were there when we suddenly heard gunshots. We all fled in different directions. It was when the dust had settled that I learnt that Iya Abdulsalam was shot dead.

She sold paint on Lagos Island. She was pregnant. Her husband’s brother she came to visit is someone called Emir in the area when she was killed.”

The State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident, said the gang's armourer identified as Baba Jara, had been arrested by the Denton Police Division.

SP Badmos added that the suspect confessed to being a member of a late cult warlord known as Sunday who led the notorious Terror Gang in the area.

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