Three was palpable fear in Ikorodu as a Chelsea fan popularlly known as “Drogba” and two other residents of Igbo-Olomu, Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State, were reportedly shot dead while many others were injured, weekend, during a clash by some hoodlums.
The cause of the incident could not be ascertained as some residents attributed it to cultism while others said it was hoodlums who went on rampage in the area.
Eye witnesses’ account said the incident occurred at Agbaje bus-stop, near Ogundele area on Saturday night but residents woke up on Sunday only to find out that three people have been shot dead.
An eye witness, Nike Ogunbumi said the clash broke our near a concocted herbs seller after the hoodlums got drunk .
She said “Drogba” a carpenter, got the appellation owing to his love for Chelsea Club unfortunately, he met his untimely death shortly after he angrily left a viewing center following a football match between Chelsea Club and Leicester City.
Leicester city was said to have won its first ever FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea and this led to an argument among the viewers such that “Drogba” was upset and angrily left the viewing center to purchase herbs to cool his nerves.
Orisagbemi said, “unfortunately, he ran into the hoodlums and was shot dead,”
It was learnt that another victim, Wale who was a fashion designer, was shot dead right in the presence of his parents.
Wale’s mother was said to have sustained injuries and was hospitalised.
The third victim was said to be coming home from his place of work when he ran into the hoodlums who shot him dead.
Another eye witness, Najeem Hassan said having completed their mission, the hoodlums escaped through Imuti, a neighbouring community.
It was gathered that many people were injured in the process as the hoodlums extended the attack to a beer palour along Imuti Road and carted away some drinks.
Some residents said the fight was between two rival cultists’ groups, Aiye and Eye but this could not be verified.
At press time, Policemen from Isawo and a local vigilance group in Ikorodu, “Onyabo Vigilance Group” were yet to fish out the culprits.
Spokesperson for Lagos State Police Command, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi could not be reached for comments.
As at the time of this report, residents appealed to Lagos State Commissioner for Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu to beam searchlight to the area.However, Spokesperson of Lagos State Command, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi said the incident occured at Its Oke-Imuti, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun State. “They only wanted to enter Igbo Olomu, Owutu Isawo etc as a normal practice but they were prevented. We are going to do more in collaborating with the sister command in this regard. The major problems now are at the border areas and we need to focus on them. We shall act appropriately. Thanks.” he said.
It will be recalled that in October 2020, the CP organised a peace meeting at Igbo-Olomu following a clash between two rival groups over the sales of illicit drug which injured and killed many residents.