Lagos Policeman Shot By Militants In Igando Lagos In Coma, Read Eyewitness Account

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July  27, 2016 – Lagos Policeman Shot By Militants In Igando Lagos In Coma, Read Eyewitness Account Of What Led To The Attack

More details have emerged on the attack carried out by some Niger Delta militants who invaded Akesan community in Igando yesterday.

Witnesses said the gunmen, numbering about eight, all dressed in white shirts and trousers. They invaded Akesan about 8a.m. and hired four motorcyclists popularly called Okada riders to take them to the creek in the community.

According to a resident, who pleaded anonymity, when the motorcyclists got to the creek, they left and went away but one of them said the gunmen must pay for his service. Angered by his audacity, one of the gunmen slapped the motorcyclist and ordered him to leave.

But other gunmen, who were already inside a speedboat, came down and ordered the motorcyclist to enter their boat.

However, some residents near the river saw what transpired between them and the motorcyclist and raised the alarm which attracted the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) members in the community.

The OPC members later confronted the gunmen. One of the OPC members, Mr. Semiu Adedeji, said he and another member, Oluwo, were at Ewedogbon bus stop in the morning when they saw the gunwielding militants alight from a commercial bus.

According to him, they were eight and dressed in white clothes. He said: “Immediately they came down, they called some motorcycle riders to take them to the creek where one of their leaders built a house.

When they got there, they refused to pay the riders. One of the motorcyclists, who wanted his money at all costs, threw a stone at them. But they ordered him to enter their speedboat.”

Adedeji added that when the gunmen noticed that some residents who lived close to the river saw what they were doing, they brought out their guns and started chasing them to the main road.

He said: “When they chased some of the residents to the bus stop, unfortunately some policemen from Igando Division who were on patrol of the area ran into the militants. The militants opened fire on the policemen.”

Adedeji said that when the gunmen had the upper hand, the policemen fled and abandoned their operational vehicle. He added: “Immediately the gunmen pounced on the police vehicle and vandalised it.

From where Oluwo and I sat, we came out and faced them with the assistance of one policeman who stood his ground and replied them fire for fire. “When we observed that we couldn’t overpower them, some of the policemen who ran away called for reinforcement.

Officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), OPMESA and some officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and Metro Patrol police were deployed there.

The gunmen later escaped through the creek.” Policemen, who stormed the area, according to other witnesses, later demolished the house of the leader of the militants. The police, it was learnt, also recovered a speedboat engine, a gas cylinder, a generator, some machetes and a wooden cross from the building.

The police also deployed a drone to trace the gunmen. It was also learnt that the gunmen had kidnapped a mother of two on Monday but set her free yesterday. When our correspondent got to Akesan yesterday, some residents were moving out of the community in droves for fear of reprisal. A resident, Mrs. Idowu Gabriel, said the people were afraid.

She said: “We cannot sleep because we don’t know if the militants would come back to attack us. That is why some residents are moving out. Even those of us who are not relocating will not be able to sleep with our eyes closed.” Another resident, who identified himself simply as John, said some of the people living in the coastal area were tired of the militants.

He said: “Our women cannot go to market anymore. We cannot take boats from our village at Agelete to other coastal communities. They are always on the sea robbing people of their money and goods. Even some women are being raped by these people.

These militants are going out of hands.

13 thoughts on “Lagos Policeman Shot By Militants In Igando Lagos In Coma, Read Eyewitness Account

  1. Na wao… Nigeria jagajaga. The question is “What did the Lagosians do to this NDMilitants that they‘ve become their target that the Militants are venting their angers on them?

    As for the cop that is being shot, I want to know how it feels to being shot at???
    This is what you guys sometimes makes some innocent Law abiding Nigerians go through cos of refusal to give you bribes or something.
    Hardluck though. I wish you a SLOW recovery.

    I take a stroll…

  2. This police work is not an easy one at all. May that wounded officer recover soon!

    When our leaders hear this daily news of violence, kidnap and armed robbery, I just wonder how they interprete them. By employing more policemen? Or by setting aright what they have done wrong in the nation? I still believe that the moment that survival is easier in Nigeria, all these problems over which we’ve been losing sleep would sort out themselves.

  3. ******must be 1 of this Niger-Delter Militants, u people are just uneducated, kidnappers and ogogoro master, from the day Satan create ur ****,ugly with bigest nose in naija, that hwo ur heart is dirty, the didfferent between ur poeple and Boko Harams, is u dont blow urself up.they said the police later demolished the house of the militans leader in that area.u can see what i said, we should all go our seperate ways, we want our own Oduwa Rep, where we can give our people full protection of life and properties, and never allowed anybody call Niger-delter tribes,eastern and boko harams e.t.c,all those race that like to kill or kidnapp destroyer to stay with us, even they marry our children, let them relocate out.we can form our own police and amry depoled them on the side sea village,town and sea to protect our people from kidnapping, rape and killing innocent yoruba.we are not 1 naija and we will never be 1 naija,let everybody go their seperates ways,niger-delters are not better than boko harams people all is killing and takeing over races.they destory their oil ,thinking baba buhari will sign them monthly salary like Ex late president,when Baba didnt do that,they take to stealing, kidnapping, but we are not ur own people, not in history same people,and will never be same,if not force marriage of 100 ys ago, what will join us with ogogoro race.

  4. Hope these animals are not boko haram in disguise?God will deliver our dear country by fire by force, because this bloodshed it just too much.

  5. This a picture of a desolate people and community that is painted here. This is still our country so Government should put in the required efforts to ensure the safety of the community and it’s people because it is not right that they are caused to flee their Homs and become refugees elsewhere due to activities of bullies.
    Gallant Policeman I wish you speedy recovery and I hope the Nigeria Police Force will reward your bravery as appropriate.

  6. Nigeria is becoming more and more dangerous place to live. Whether it is niger delta avengers or not, all we need is full security wherever any nigerian citizen reside in the country. Those police reinforcement should be kept in that region in order to avoid large displacement of people moving in mass from their home to overwhelm other areas.

  7. This is the time for our OPC to start working abi what are they waiting for Gani adam oya odan abere ta sen,this the wright time for Yoruba to wake up.God bless Nigeria.

  8. See policemen that were supposed to be protecting people been caught unguard. They were on duty yet not at alert nor vigilant enough.
    If it were when they are collecting bribe from innocent citizens u will think they are dealing with a criminal or at war.
    That should serve as a lesson to other police officers, imagine how they were dealt with like chickens.

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