The crisis came to a head on Wednesday when the Yoruba youths set fire to the structures in the area at about 8am. The action was said to have triggered a clash between the youths of the Egun community and their Yoruba counterparts.
Two persons were said to have been injured during the clash, while the area was quickly deserted as the fire raged. Some residents reportedly salvaged their property from the fire and fled.
It was gathered that while the clash escalated, some shops were looted and goods worth thousands of Naira carted away.
He said, “When the structures were set ablaze, the mother and the father of the baby fled. It was the cry of the baby that drew the attention of policemen to that room. The baby was locked inside the house. The baby was rescued and reunited with her parents
“Nobody was killed, but about three persons were injured. The entire community was razed.”
Speaking to a reporter, a resident disclosed that the Baale of the Community, Hunpe Dansu and one Remi Adedoyin, were arrested for their inability to forestall the clash from escalating on Monday. It was learned that Dansu was arrested when he visited the police station to complain over the issue. And they're to be charged to court.
The State Police PRO, Lagos Command, Dolapo Badmos, while reacting to the clash, said that peace had returned to the community, saying “our intervention led to the rescue of a two-day old baby.”
She revealed further that supremacy battle triggered the clash between the Egun speaking community; mostly indigenes of Benin Republic and the Yoruba speaking community resulting in serious fighting and burning of houses.
The PPRO noted that the police immediately moved into the area to prevent further breakdown of law and order. Giving a background of what transpired, she said, “There is an Egun community mainly made up of people from Republic of Benin. They actually occupy illegal shanties.
"We were alerted about the breakdown of law and order in the area and immediately went to check Otodogbami community, Ikate Lekki Phase 1, where there is a fight between the Benin- Yoruba communities fighting over the supremacy in the territory.
“It’s an illegal settlement area, most of the structures there are shanties and because of a protracted dispute between themselves, they set fire on their different shanties. The Police moved into the area to restore peace and in the process of checking the area, we discovered that there was a woman who was trapped in one of the shanties with a two-day old baby who would have been burnt in the process,” Badmos added.
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