March 26, 2019

Residents panic as crisis broke out in Amukoko

Residents panic as crisis broke out in Amukoko

Pro Buhari supporters and “Our mumu Don Do” groups clash at Wuse Market, Abuja, yesterday, before closure of the market. Top left and below left: Charly Boy and his damaged car. Photos: Gbemiga Olamikan

By Evelyn Usman
There was sporadic gunshots Tuesday, at Amukoko, in the densely populated Ajegunle area of Lagos, from some youths who have been embroiled in a gang war since last year.


Vanguard gathered that so far, five persons have been killed since the fight started.

As at 9.30pm , the fight which threw residents of the area into panic, was still on. Those returning from their respective places of work were trapped around Ojo road, as they could not continue their journey to Amukoko, in order not to be caught in the cross fire.

Residents said Tuesday’s fight was a reprisal attack by a faction of the gang. Information at Vanguard’s disposal revealed that the lingering supremacy tussle, was between Itire, Apata and market boys.

During one of the fights on December 31, 2018, three members of market boys were allegedly killed by Apata boys. Another attack as gathered, was launched on Market boys , three weeks ago, during which one of them, (market boy) was killed.

Also last week Monday, market boys were said to have ambushed an Apata boy at about 6pm. The undisclosed Apata member was reportedly shot and abandoned to die in the pool of his blood. He was however said to have survived the attack.

When news of his survival reached market boys, they reportedly launched another attack on Apata, same week. As if that was not enough, market boys also allegedly attacked a petrol station owned by a retired policeman, simply because it was situated at Apata area.

They reportedly made away with three motorcycles which were being filled with petrol by their owners , as well as an unspecified amount of money.


As at time of writing this report, policemen from Divisional Police stations under Area ‘B’ Apapa, had been mobilized to the area, with residents sending text messages to their loved ones who were yet to return home, to pass the night wherever they were.

File: Amukoko