LAGOS – No fewer than 20 people were seriously injured and several vehicles vandalised in a renewed clash between the social miscreants known as ‘Area boys’ in Ali-Iwo area and counterparts from Oriyanrin all in Ijora-Badia at weekend over money gift from a Fuji musician.
Also, the bandits used the bloody crisis to rob residents, market men and women and passersby of their personal belongings such as mobile phones, cash and others, while people who were injured by the gang were taken to nearby private hospitals for urgent medical attention.
It was reliably gathered that the two gangsters attended the stage performance of one Remi Aluko Fuji band at Bobland hotel, Ijora and resolved into free for all fight when one gang collected money from the musician and refused to give other its share from the cash.
Eye witness accounted that the gangsters were freely using dangerous weapons like guns, cutlasses, broken bottles and knives to attack each other and innocent people who were caught unaware by the crisis.
“Over 20 innocent people sustained serious injuries during the bloody clash, many were robbed and several vehicles were vandalised at Obale Street and other adjacent Streets by the boys who had free days before the Police later came to disperse them with teargas,” source said.
Some of the vandalised vehicles registration numbers include, XV607AGL, AGL816XE, CH260LSD and others to mention a few.
The source also hinted that the almighty Ali-Iwo notorious boys always assemble at the edge of Obale bridge most of the time, smoking Indian helm and attacking passersby whenever they want.
One of the owners of the vandalised vehicles who had reported the incident at Divisional Police Station, Badia however called on the police authority and State Government to apprehend the culprits and bring them to book as soon as possible.
Residents who spoke with our correspondent were not happy with the way police were handling the matter concerning the notorious boys as they alleged that they dare not go to the station to report any of the gangs because they knew each other, adding “We are appealing to the Commissioner of Police and Governor Babatunde Fashola to assist in getting rid of the miscreants”.
All efforts to speak with the DPO of the Badia station proved abortive as he was learnt not be available at the station.