Gang wars; fresh clashes in Lagos leave residents in fear

Channels Television  
Updated February 20, 2012

Violence erupted in Adeniji Adele in Lagos Island on Monday when rival street gangs clashed in a battle for control over territory.

According to reports from the PUNCH, fighting between the Onola and Isale Eko street gangs has been ongoing and recent clashes have claimed three lives on Sunday.

A source told the papers that fighting between both groups have been ongoing for the last three weeks and police officers deployed to the area have done little to subdue the growing violence on Lagos’ troubled streets.

The fighting saw traders locking up their shops and stalls and children in the neighbourhood were too afraid to venture out to school rooms.
Residents in the area remained indoors, reporting that shards of broken bottles were strewn on the streets.

Police officers have been on ground today to quell the fighting between the warring gangs, and while some measure of calm has returned, casualty figures are yet unknown.