By Ifeanyi Okolie
RESIDENTS of Idi-Oro area of Mushin, are recounting their ordeal after two days of bloody clashes between rival cult gangs, which left no fewer than three persons dead.
The bloody clashes which left agony in its trail will be hard to forget by residents of Ikeolu, Ereko and other adjoining streets, who watched as their vehicles were set ablaze, buildings vandalized and shops looted by the rampaging hoodlums on May 17, 2013.
Though Mushin is known for violent clashes between factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, rival cult gangs and hoodlums, the area was relatively peaceful until the recent incident.
Crime Alert gathered that the crisis started at a naming ceremony at Alhaji Ota Street, organized by a notorious drug baron from Akala.
Hoodlums from Akala allegedly attacked and killed a member of the Black Axe confraternity at the event.
The victim, was allegedly attacked following suspicion that he may have switched sides. But this didn’t go down well with members of the Black Axe operating in that area as they swiftly mobilized and carried out a reprisal attack on Akala boys at Idi-Oro Bus Stop, along Agege Motor Road.
One of the Akala boys,who sustained severe injury after the attack was rushed to a Nurse operating at Ikeolu Street, but the woman identified as Iya Kenneth, on seeing the severity of the injury urged them to take him to a hospital for proper treatment but the injured man gave up the ghost before he was taken to the hospital.
His death infuriated the Akala boys as they descended on residents of Ikeolu Street, setting fire on vehicles parked along the streets while some buildings were set on fire. A resident, who identified himself as Shola Afolabi, told Crime Alert that it took the intervention of Policemen from Alakara police Station to restore normalcy.
“I was sleeping in my house when the fight started, I first heard gun shots earlier i later saw a large crowd of hoodlums from Akala destroying vehicles and setting them on fire. They also burgled people’s houses and stole valuable properties; it was the police that drove them away.
It wasn’t really easy for the police to calm the situation, because the boys were many and vicious. They blamed the nurse for the death of their member so they decided to attack our streets. The policemen got reinforcement from the Area D’ Command, Mushin, before they drove the boys away,” he stated.
However, the police in Mushin, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, and the Army, reacted swiftly leading to the arrest of 25 hoodlums and 47 drug traffickers.
Also, the Army raided the notorious Akala Street and arrested 47 suspected drug traffickers and recovered 3,166.15kg of narcotics including cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.