At least five youths, belonging to a villainous group on the Lagos Island, were on Wednesday night shot dead along Ajah Road in a war of supremacy amongst the rival groups, thereby plunging the state into pandemonium and counter attacks.
Our correspondent gathered that the deceased, along with other youths from Lagos Island, went for a naming ceremony in Ajah area of the state and were returning home in a chartered Volkswagen bus when another set of hoodlums opened fire on the bus and killed five of the occupants.
The driver of the vehicle and one other youth, who pretended to have been dead from the bullet wounds they sustained, were said to have escaped back to the Island to report the incidents to their relatives.
The deceased, who were identified to be boys working with the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport workers (NURTW), Oyebanji branch, Lagos Island, Alhaji Mustapha Adio Adekunle (aka. Seego), include, Samson, Ganiyu, Idris, Ladi and one other.
LEADERSHIP FRIDAY learnt that blood bath commenced on the Lagos Island when the news got to relatives of the deceased and Seego as large a number of hoodlums gathered and started attacking relatives of those boys they believed to have carried out the killing.
To this end, houses belonging to Olokodana family on the Island were torched by the miscreants who claimed to be protesting the brutal killing of the five boys.
Also, residences and lock-up shops belonging to one Tunde (Alabi Yellow), who was alleged to have caused the killing, was invaded by the hoodlums and razed down.
Residents said trouble started last week Sunday on the Island when Seego and another leader of notorious boys, identified as Tunde (Alabi Yellow) met at a social gathering and Seego asked Yellow to bow for him, but refused.
It was further gathered that Seego then ordered his boys to deal with Yellow by breaking bottle on his head, even as they tore his clothes into shreds.
The resident, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it was in a reprisal attack that some supporters of Yellow laid ambush for some of Seego’s boys who went to Ajah for a naming ceremony and opened fire on their bus.
It was learnt that the attackers also cut off the head of Samson popularly known as Songa, believed to be the one that broke bottle on Yellow’s head on the order of Seego at the social gathering.
The Police Public Relations officer, Lagos Command, Ken Nwosu, who confirmed the incident, said two of the attacked youths died and two others who sustained bullet injuries were presently at an undisclosed hospital where they were receiving urgent medical attention.