Following Friday killings of four men suspected to be members of the Badoo gang by residents of Adamo community, Ikorodu, reports have it that the four suspects were not members of the dreaded Badoo gang but are land speculators popularly called Omo- Onile.
This has led to a reprisal attack by angry youths who are colleagues of the victims. This attack has led to the loss of properties in the area.
Three houses, two vehicles and motorcycles were set ablaze in the attack by colleagues of the four land speculators killed in Adamo.
You would recall that InsideMainland reported that the victims were lynched after residents branded them as members of the Badoo cult group responsible for many deaths in the area.
A source told our correspondent that the lynched land speculators were later discovered not to members of the gang.
Accoding to NAN, the deceased had gone to an unnamed person’s building project in Agungomoye area of Adamo, with the hope of collecting money from him.
The agency quoted a source as saying that they went away when the man refused to part with money, but threatened to return to the site.
”True to their threat, they mobilised and returned on Friday but unknown to them, the owner of the building had also mobilised some youths in the area,” the source said.
The agency gathered that a clash was said to have ensued between the land speculators and the residents, forcing them to flee from the site of the building project.
The land speculators were escaping when residents raised the alarm that they were members of the Badoo cult group.
It was also gathered that the residents had lied that the slain land speculators had earlier in the day killed a family of four people.
“More residents were mobilised and they reportedly chased the land speculators to where they were caught and beaten to stupor, with four of them eventually dying,” a source told NAN.
“The death of the land speculators sparked instant crisis as hoodlums from Agunfoye mobilised themselves and invaded Adamo where three houses were burnt.
“The Agungoye thugs, who were armed with assorted dangerous weapons including guns, matches and broken bottles, attacked residents of Araro, injuring some of them in the process.
“It took the intervention of policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and local divisions in Ikorodu before the angry hoodlums were dispersed.”
Meanwhile, Fatai Owoseni, Commissioner of Police in Lagos said the police were on the trail of the family which allegedly raised the false alarm that resulted in the killing of the four persons.
Owoseni said the family already declared wanted had a fight with another family over an undisclosed matter, and raised a false alarm that the victims were members of the Badoo cult.
“The police are after the family that raised the false alarm. We are investigating the case,” Owoseni said.