By Evelyn Usman & Bose Adelaja

LAGOS – Business  activities in Dosumu and Idumota areas of Lagos, were, Monrday, brought to an abrupt halt, following renewed fight between factions of social miscreants, otherwise known as area boys, leading to the death of an unspecified number of persons.

But the Lagos State Police Command said there was no casualty in the fracas, said to have lasted over three hours.
Some residents fled their abode, following the incessant  and reprisal attacks during which some of them lost their valuables.

Residents of the area also alleged that Police were taking sides with one of the factions, arguing that they (Police) only made arrest at Isale-Eko, leaving out their rival faction on Onola, Apatira, Agarawu  and Itafaaji. of the burnt houses

Over 20 vehicles were burnt by the warring factions and scores of persons, among them traders and residents, who ran into the fight, were injured. Also, a two-storey building located on Isale-gangan Street in Dosumu area, was set ablaze.

Report said the warring factions were members of  National Union of Road Transport Worker, NURTW, and loyalists to two top officials of the union, who had been on loggerheads over leadership of parks in the area.

The warring factions as gathered, were from Isale-Eko and Onola/Aragamu/Itafia  areas. But the Union in a swift reaction said the miscreants were not their members.

Genesis of the problem
It was gathered that trouble started at about 3.30 a.m. after a faction of the warring miscreants, clad in black T-shirts and trousers stormed Isale-gangan Street, armed with dangerous objects, such as bottles, knives, cutlasses and guns. They also reportedly came with gallons of substance suspected to be petrol

But their attempt to set some buildings ablaze was foiled by members of a local vigilante, who alerted residents, thereby causing a stampede.

They reportedly succeeded in setting only the building on number 28 ablaze after attempt to break an ATM machine in front of the building failed.

Eye witnesses said they further vandalised several vehicles on Agarawu, Isale Agbede and Tom Jones Streets.
The situation reportedly resulted in a free-for-all as Onola boys reportedly engaged their Isale-Eko rivals.

The fight, as gathered, continued until 6 a.m, during which innocent persons, among them traders and those going to their respective places of work were injured, while some had their valuables stolen. Some who later arrived for their businesses could not open for the rest of the day, for fear of being entangled in the fracas.


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