Thirty-three in police net over gangsters clash in Lagos

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Faruq Kushoro

The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed that not less than thirty-three suspect have been arrested over the violent clash between two rival gangs in the Alakara and Fadeyi areas of the state on Monday.

The clash is said to have claimed the life of two persons, while scores were injured.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident and said those killed were not gangsters but people who were going about their normal business.

He stated that 33 persons from the two rival gangs had been arrested for their roles during the clash.

The PPRO noted that the suspected gangsters would be prosecuted after proper investigation.

Elkana said, “The clash was between the Fadeyi and Alakara gangsters or cultists along Ikorodu Road at Fadeyi. They engaged each other in a fierce gun battle.

“In the process, the gangsters killed two persons, who did not have anything to do with their fight; they also injured a motorcyclist.

“We have apprehended 33 suspects from both sides. They are in our custody. When we received the distress call, we quickly responded and went after the gangsters and got them arrested.”

One of the persons said to have been killed was a dispatch rider for a company, and the other, identified as Tobi Kuti, was said to have been beheaded after he was felled by the gangsters’ bullet.

It was learnt that a motorcyclist operating in Fadeyi, identified simply as Alaba, was hit by a bullet in his lap and was rushed to the Military Hospital, Yaba, for treatment.

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