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Panic in Oworo as cult gangs destroy 50 vehicles, loot shops

Residents of Oworonshoki community, Lagos Mainland, had a torrid time yesterday, Sunday, February 17, 2019, as rival cult groups held sway in the neighbourhood.

It was learnt that during the fracas that ensued between the warring cult gangs, fifty vehicles and several shops were vandalised leading to panic among residents of the community.

Reports have it that during the melee, the hoodlums shattered the vehicles’ windscreens and looted shops belonging to residents.

It was gathered that Ayo Odugbesan, Church, Oke Eri, Odo Eran and Aralamo streets in Oworonshoki, among others, were affected.

Speaking on the incident, a resident revealed that sporadic gunshots woke them from sleep, forcing them to flee their homes.

A source told The Nation that the residents saw the street urchins around 7pm on Saturday and alerted the police. “At about 7pm, we saw those boys trooping to our area. Some people fled because some of those boys were arrested recently and sent to jail. How they regained freedom and found their way back is surprising,” the source revealed.

The source added that; “We are not safe in Oworo. These cultists are making life unbearable for us. We need help in this area. The destruction started around 2am.

“No death was recorded. It seems their target was to kill the night guard, but he escaped.

“They shot non-stop, smashing vehicles. They were just destroying things. It was around 5am that people came out and saw the massive destruction. They were moving from street to street, vandalising vehicles”

Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Lagos Command, CSP Chike Oti, while reacting to the incident said 20 suspects have been arrested.

“Commissioner Zubairu Muazu has deployed additional security, including operatives of counter-terrorism and anti-cultism units in the area. Investigation is on. Twenty suspects have been arrested. As I speak with you, there is increased security presence in the area. No one died and no one sustained injury. Yes, vehicles were vandalised,” Oti said.