By Evelyn Usman
There was pandemonium in Ejigbo area of Lagos yesterday, as a young man was hit by a stray bullet from operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, who went to arrest suspected kidnappers.
It was gathered that the police operatives, acting on tip-off that some kidnappers were hiding in a building on Oboye Street, stormed the area at about 2p.m.
However, some suspected members of Eiye cult group, reportedly converged in front of the compound to prevent the policemen from arresting the suspects.
Sensing danger, the policemen opened fire and in the process a stray bullet reportedly hit one of the youths in the area.
An eyewitness said police operatives, after dispersing the crowd with the gunshots, succeeded in picking their targets.
A resident, who gave his name simply as Fatai, said: “They arrested the Eiye striker, the number two man, a woman that sells local gin and another man popularly called Pastor.”
After the arrest, suspected cultists and hoodlums attempted to march to the Ejigbo Police Division, where the suspects were taken to. But the move was prevented by some elders in the area, who said such action could implicate innocent persons.
News went round that the boy that was shot died. But Vanguard gathered that he was rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
A source said the policemen were attached to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, and that their action was a proactive measure to nip activities of criminals in the bud.
Meanwhile, the Command’s spokesman, Olarinde Famous-Cole, told Vanguard that the gunshot victim did not die as rumoured, “but at the hospital and responding to treatment.”