There was chaos on Tuesday at Ewedogbon area of Totowu, a riverine community in Ishuti, Igando, old Alimosho Local Government Area, which was consumed in a fresh attack by suspected Niger Delta militants. Multiple sources said many people were killed as the militants came into people’s homes to harrass them. However, the casualty figure could not be Ascertained at the time of this report.
Residents of the community said the militants came very early and in large numbers possessing guns and other threatening weapons. A resident who did not want his name mentioned said the militants stormed the area and started murdering people. He sent a message through Whatsapp that; “Please help us call emergency lines right now, Ewedogbo area of Igando, LASU Road is a theatre of war, Niger Delta militants are killing people right now, no one can call or go out, I am an eye witness, please, help us spread the information.” The message was reportedly sent around 7am. He said no one could exit their houses as the gunmen occupied the streets breaking into people’s houses at will.
It was realized that some policemen who had stormed the area at the time the militants wreaked havoc, ran back to prepare. Police sources also said the police had prepared and had taken back the community from the militants as armoured personnel carrier had been stationed in the area. Dolapo Badmos, Lagos police spokesperson said the police knew about the invasion and had sent large numbers of policemen to the area to protect lives and properties. A member of the military team involved in yesterday’s operation to free the area, who preferred anonymity for security reasons, confirmed the attack, saying the militants came through one of the river terminal at about 7 am.
The gun battle was said to have lasted several hours. As stated by an eyewitness, Adebisi Ojo, a resident; “The Niger Delta militants stormed Ewedogbon inside towards the water side. They have been there since 7 am this morning shooting occasionally. They kidnapped two people. The other woman kidnapped three days ago was let go because they found out that she is a pepper seller. “This is to inform all members of our communities that people should stay away from passing Ewedoghon/Adexon because of the ongoing shooting by the militants in the area,” he said. The joint security outfit reportedly exchanged series of gunshots with the militants to repel them from move around Obadore/Iba water way community.
According to another eyewitness, the battle was terrible around Fatoki area with bullet holes in buildings and properties. The residents in the swampy areas were seen running for their lives as the area came under heavy gun fire. Some children in the area were said to have carried weapons in case the militants came close. Men from Area “M’ Police command, Idimu and Igando headquarters reportedly had a hectic time fighting the militants. Lagos and neighbouring Ogun State have suddenly become places of kidnapping and militancy. On different occasions, militants have attacked communities in Ikorodu and Igando and some riverine Ogun communities.