- Rival gangs took to the streets of Mile 12 Lagos and engaged themselves in a violent confrontation
- The situation caused panic in the area with residents and passers-by scampering for safety
- The Lagos state police command, however, says the situation has been brought under control
Nigerian Tribune is reporting that two factions of hoodlums clashed in the Mile 12 area of Lagos on Thursday, May 6 causing panic in the area.
According to the report, members of the two groups were seen with assorted dangerous weapons as residents and passers-by scampered into different locations during the clash.
The spokesman of the state police command, Muyiwa Adejobi, has confirmed the incident.
An aide to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Jubril Gawat, however, tweeted that the situation has been brought under control by the Lagos state police command.
“Normalcy has been restored to Gengere, Mile 12 area of Lagos state following a fight that broke out between some hoodlums in the area. The Lagos police command will give details soon.”
The clashes in the area have been ongoing for a while with the authorities intervening at various times to bring peace.
Recall that the Lagos state police commissioner, CP Hakeem Odumosu recently ordered the arrest of thirteen (13) leaders of warring groups of Gengere community in Mile 12 and Ketu areas of the state for their alleged involvement in the recent crisis.
Recently, business activities were disrupted at Obalende, Lagos Island, due to a violent and brutal clash between factions of the Nationa Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW.
Lagosians who were going about their usual daily activities were thrown into confusion especially after hearing rapid gunshots said to have come from around the Ken Salem House, a police building.
In a related development, the Lagos state government on Monday, April 26 debunked a media report claiming there was an ethnic clash between Yoruba and Hausa youths in the early hours of that day.
The Lagos state government stated that the clash between Okada riders and NURTW members at the Iyana-Iba area did not have any ethnic colouration.
Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Governor Sanwo-Olu, said operatives of the Lagos state police command brought the situation under control within a few hours.