Lagos Island Boils, 4 Dead, Houses, Vehicles Burnt

•One of the vehicles burnt by the rampaging youths on Lagos Island, this morning .

Lagos Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria was a theatre of war this morning as scores of youths from Idungaran in Isale Eko area stormed Isalegangan Street (Onola) with dangerous weapons, including AK 47 rifles, knives, cutlasses and gallons of petrol and set a two-storey building at 28, Isalegangan Street ablaze.

•One of the vehicles burnt by the rampaging youths on Lagos Island, this morning .

About twenty vehicles were also set ablaze while about 30 others were vandalised on Agarawu Street, Isale Agbede, Aroloya and Tom Jones at Idumota. The mayhem started around 2 a.m.

Several residents of the areas sustained injuries during the clash and were rushed to the hospital. There were unconfirmed reports that four persons were feared dead but their identities could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.

The rampaging youths who were said to be sympathetic to two chieftains of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Alhaji Akanni Olohunwa and Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, a.k.a. MC Oluomo, contesting the chairmanship of the union in the state, attempted to destroy an ATM machine located inside New Star photo studio at 28, Isalegangan Street but they did not succeed. Some houses were also vandalised.

Investigations revealed further that the renewed clash was between youths in Isale-Eko and Onola/Agarawu/Itafaji boys over the ongoing leadership crisis in NURTW.

Some of the vandalised vehicles at Palm Church and Isalegangan streets were still smouldering as at the time of filing this report.

P.M.NEWS gathered that Isale Eko boys assisted by over 60 youths, dressed in black and armed with both dane and automatic guns, cutlasses and iron rods stormed Onola area through Agarawu and Itafaji and attacked youths there.

An eyewitness narrated to P.M.NEWS that the invaders started shooting guns in air, daring anyone to come out and challenge them.

“It was the night guards along Palm Church area that started blowing their whistles to alert residents sleeping outside their buildings because of blackout by PHCN that saved the situation. Many people would have been killed by the armed youths in their homes,” the witness stated.

Another source added that the invaders got angry and started vandalising vehicles parrked on the streets when they were stopped by the night guards from attacking youths in their houses in Onola.

In a reprisal attack, Onola boys, it was learnt, drove back the invaders and started attacking innocent commuters coming to the Island through Idumota and Adeniji-Adele axis of the 3rd Mainland bridge.

It was learnt that residents alerted the police but they did not come early and when they eventually did, the havoc had been done by the invading miscreants.

The Head, Fashola family of Onala area, Agarawu, Alhaji Oladosu Fashola, told P.M.NEWS that the elders restrained their youths from attacking the intruders.

Fashola also told P.M.NEWS that the casualty figure would have been on the high side if Onola youths had confronted the invaders.

Appealing to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, to intervene in the crisis, Fashola said residents of Agarawu are interested in peace on Lagos Island and Lagos State, in general.

“Since the incident happened last night, most shops were not opened this morning. Many residents could not go about their normal duties because of fear of harassment and molestation,” Fashola lamented, adding that the people of the area were interested in peace and not mayhem.

Fashola identified the attackers as area boys from Isale Eko, saying that they are not members of NURTW, or any other union.

He called for the intervention of the Lagos paramount ruler and security agents to restore peace to the troubled areas.

Efforts to speak with the Divisional Police Officer, Adeniji Adele Police Station who was seen inspecting the damage done at Isalegangan area proved abortive as he refused to comment on the incident.

Armoured tanks and personnel carriers belonging to the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, were seen stationed at Itafaji, Idumagbo Avenue and Tom Jones areas of the Island after the police had succeeded in quelling the riot.

Business activities at the affected areas were also paralysed as traders refused to open their shops for fear of renewed fighting. Some parents also refused to take their children to schools in the troubled areas.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Joseph Jaiyeoba said he was not sure of the casualty figure now but that he was still awaiting information on it, adding that more policemen had been drafted to the area to maintain peace.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga, Dedeigbo Ayodeji & Paul Iyoghojie

78 COMMENTS

  1. wait a second, d pple killed, owners of d properties burnt and d peaceful, sleeping pple of d area,are dey members of d rivalry parties???? Wht concerns them with NURTWs competition??? senseless human beings! dats why I sumtime dnt wanna watch Yoruba movies they hv nothing gud to promote sumtimes imagine dat Baba Suwe singing praises of a tout chairman. Olu Omo, or whatever he’s called as if he’s a Prof or An Engr. To really deal with ds situation decisively, govt should simply arrest d two competitors and sentence them to death to prevent a future re-occurrence! I can guarantee u,next tyme,they’ll think twice.Abt three yrs ago The New York transit went on strike fr d first time ever. guess Wht? their leader was arrested,and sentenced fr disturbing d peace of d ccity.since then……..PEACE GALORE!!! Nonsense,killing innocent pple fr thuggery positions?? The two touts competing definitely sponsored d d nonsense and should be made to account fr d lives. and properties wasted if Nigeria nt just Lagos must move frward!

  2. wait a second, d pple killed, owners of d properties burnt and d peaceful, sleeping pple of d area,are dey members of d rivalry parties???? Wht concerns them with NURTWs competition??? senseless human beings! dats why I sumtime dnt wanna watch Yoruba movies they hv nothing gud to promote sumtimes imagine dat Baba Suwe singing praises of a tout chairman. Olu Omo, or whatever he’s called as if he’s a Prof or An Engr. To really deal with ds situation decisively, govt should simply arrest d two competitors and sentence them to death to prevent a future re-occurrence! I can guarantee u,next tyme,they’ll think twice.Abt three yrs ago The New York transit went on strike fr d first time ever. guess Wht? their leader was arrested,and sentenced fr disturbing d peace of d ccity.since then……..PEACE GALORE!!! Nonsense,killing innocent pple fr thuggery positions??

  3. Sincerely speaking this is bullshit,every good people of lagos is walking with fear excluding the set of people called area boys,which is not supposed to be,we are not secure.even police men arrested innocent people while they know where this people live…………..am writing this to plead to govt,chief,obas to please do something about this,because they know how to flush them away.they are disturbing the peace of community.enough is enough

  4. one thng i kno is dat, if d so cald agberos are not evicted 4rm d streets nd roads of lagos,bus fares ‘CANNOT’ decreas. Imagin a bus bein filld wt 14 pasengrs at d rate of #50/pesin =#700 bt,b4 getin 2 d bsstp up to #500 hs been givin 2 agberos. Hw much s left in d drivrs purse nd wot ar dey usin d mony 4?
    U’ll hear somtin lik ‘Owo Aro, Owo Oson, Owo Irole. Owo Chairman, Owo Boys, Owo Union, Owo Load, etc’. Imagin agbero doin notin bt earnin mor dan dose dat’re workin wt dier swet. LASG change ur ways….

  5. Ogede EKO N BAJE, E so pe o npon,( the banana of Lagos will not get rotten, it is merely ripening) the state is now filled with the BAD and the UGLY, most of these so called touts are not Lagosians, they are from neighbouring states and they are ready to destroy everything and run back to their states. Its Lagosians that will not agree for them( OLOJU NI O NI LAJU E LE KI TALUBO KO WO OOO), Lagosians please think, BRF think and act now.

  6. He doesn’t care abt common lagosian attending universities,they keep on saying ” if Education is expensive then try ignorance”all they do is to increase school fees which they didnt pay during their time in the university they gave these area boys so much autonomy even gave them names like ”team lagos” they fail to rehabilitate this boys, use them during elections, lagos state Govt know this people disrupting economical and social activities.

  7. It is indeed centre of Excellency! Last week I talked about the intending fight at Obalende and yet Gov Fashola and security operatives turned the deaf hear. BRF and his cohorts know about the ganster and yet nothing is done to curb their activities,because they are their thugs used for molesting innocent people. Most of the are LASTMA and KAI and agberos collecting money for doing nothing. One Saturday morning, I entered a public bus and the guy has paid up to N800,I was forced to ask how much will the driver take home and what are the people doing with the money? LASG are using these people to generate fund, about two weeks ago they fought at Adeniji by 3rd mainland, come and see broken bottles littering everywhere. If they are killing each other it is good, but what of innocent people they kill daily. LASG will be shouting they will protect the lives and properties and yet they will not do anything. What will cost the government to proscribe NURTW are they powerful more than the government. Fashola will soon end his tenure in 2015, what will happen to MEGA city with all these wanton destruction of lives and properties. Who will pay for all these damages, we continue to be poor. God will help us. Oba Akiolu, should please do something. Look at what they have done to NEWSTAR PHOTO? This is bad, Lagos has turned to something else, Tinubu should think about his end oh. Every time, Mushin and Lagos Island and yet police will not do anything. Where are we ending to, my heart bleed as I write, innocent people are dying daily and nothing is done to stop it. EKO TI N BAJE LO REE. Lai Mohammed should say say someting and his bother Joe Igbokwe, nobody knows who will fall victims. Only God saved Tajudeen Ajani( Ojuelegba), they could have killed him. Anyone arrested should be traeted as armed robbers, even when they are arrested, before the next morning they have been released. Those who love Lagos should please arise and if it continues FG should declear state of emergency. BRF do something………

  8. ..To those tagging NURWT bad names, its clearly d politicians that create d union to compensate their thugs after election and they impose them on real and harmless members of the NURTW…. For d person that said its people from other state that form nuisance in d riot,pls I will like u to answer sincerely, is Abija in isale Eko not from olumegbons family? Shame California is he not a lagosian? What of asheke azeez? Kunle poly nko? mutta at Idumota nko?? Ok Marcus that was killed in isale Eko yesterday, is he not from akinolu’s family??? Or is akanirafiu olohuwa not a lagosian?? Or is M.C oluomo not a lagosian from awori land??? Are they not d ones causing dis problems???

  9. why are people less cognisant of the world phenomina, gang wars can happen in any part of the world, e.g east coast vs west coast. All we need is God intervention, bcos devil has made human live less valuable.

  10. Why is this happening in a town dat has chiefs and oba? so they should kindly please and help us make peace. even police are roaming around maltreating innocent people which is very bad

  11. Can u name one lagosian that is taking this “kobo kobo” as u claimed?
    Stop saying things u can’t prove. We don’t need NURTW n I dare the governor
    To dissolve it. He won’t cos they need them for campaigns and election.
    Naija is a fucked country.

  12. This should be right time the lagos state government put an end to this embarrassment.If the Governor is really serious about his project MEGACITY,He should stop these agberos/NURTW activities in Lagos state.Enough is Enough.

  13. Its a pity in a country like nigeria and a state like lagos island dat bear the inscription as d centre of excellence has turned 2 centre of war! My fear is how d future of their youths will b like,becos they look up 2 dis people as their mentor and god father.

  14. Fish from lagos island, all dis tugs called sago shame , ojiturayar are not lagos island born dey come from other state . On behalf of lagos island youth we call on d state governor should intervern now not d poliice dat been briby by sego.

  15. Why are all the NURTW/agberos Muslims? Alhaji Akanni Olohunwa and Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, a.k.a. MC Oluomo!!!

    Well they are influenced from the desert. Th BHs of the south.

  16. Thought Lagos of the 21st century has gone beyond this sort of embarrassing, lack-of-common sense thing. It’s deeply appalling to read this kind of thing manifesting in the state of excellence.

  17. I think what the govrnment shuld is to cancel union in some western state in nigeria. Cos it affecting our lifes nd business.

  18. The stupid thing about core Lagosians is that they are all bunch of lazy men & women who has made themselves hooligans & hugs in the hands of strangers.All those exploiting Lagosinas lik Alado,oluomo,olohunwa etc are all not free born of Lagos.But the pitiabel thing is that because the core Lagosians recieves kobo-kobo from these criminals while they sit down at home doing nothing,they think they are in heaven

  19. There are military police and mobile police who can use armour tank my man. Don’t try to correct PM News publication rather, face the real fact. However, I am satisfied to the high degree that, people like max are the enemy of this Lagos Govn. Nevertheless, those Agbero especially those ones causing mayhem are not fit enough to be what they claimed they are. If Bokos enter Lagos, all of those ipata boys would have no other auternative than to run back to their villages. My first question is that, where did they get gun in the first place? AK47 especially? Why did the police came late to the scene?
    This country?

  20. WHAT HAPPEN TODAY IS A REPRISAL ATTACK,AM SUPRISE THAT ALHAJI DOSU FAHOLA CAN COME OUT,AND BE SAYING OBA OF LAGOS SHOULD INTERVENE.WHEN SEEGO AND HIS GROPU ENTER ISALE-EKO WITH THE HELP OF POLICE,SHOOTING PEOPLE INDISCRIMATELY,WITHOUT REGARDS TO ELEKO,AND ALL THE WHITE CAP CHIEFS.MUSTAPHA SEEGO SHOT JAMIU MARCUS YESTERDAY AND KILLED HIM,NOBODY IS SAYING ANYTHING.THIS GANG WAR IS NO MORE NURTW FIGHT,IS NOW BETWEEN AREA NOW.LET GOVERNOR FASHOLA COME OUT AND BAN THIS NURTW,BECAUSE HIS EQUALLY SUPPORTING OLOHUNWA,AND HIS OGA IS SUPPORTING MC OLUOMO.THIS CARNAGE IS TOO MUCH,INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE DYING,AND POLICE ARE JUST ARRESTING INNOCENT PEOPLE.LET THEM ARREST MUSTPHA SEEGO AND AZEEZ ASHAKE TO THAT THEY CAN BE PEACE ON THE ISLAND.

    • @gentle don’t leave out the kidnap and counterfeiting igbo boys, the rampaging Northern Almajaris the pipe blowing Niger Deltans… pray, all.

  21. The state govt should disband the NURTW in lagos state but they will not do that because this are the boys they use as political thugs but if the governor could ban them the way it was done in oyo state that will bring down the tension from both side this is a big disgrace to our local govt sorry my excellency you just have to do something before it get out of hand.

  22. PM news should come to isaleko and see what really is going on there,a lot of lives have been lost .more than 8 pple killed called by sego and Shame Onikeke the Leader of Onala,,,why you are so concerned about Onala ???????Police is supporting Sego to kill Isaleko boz . the fat Nigeria police in General is root of this fight ,,cuz of what they are getting from Sego

  23. Lawal,I quite agreed with u,who are d bastards if d govt really wants to clear and destroy them,but they are not ready yet.I hope d govt intervene d so called area boys b4 they destroy innocent souls.

  24. Our leaders need to understand that we are sitting on a time bomb in the south-west if the menace of this agberos is not addressed on time. There is too much money going into the hands of those hoodlums that their intelligence can manage.Thats why we are having these hoodlums.They should be banned from collecting money outside the garage. And for the clueless man who said pdp will solve agbero problem,he should remember that majority of those that supported Obanikoro of pdp in 2007 election are agbero and danfo drivers.

    • @sege wat guilty ones are dere bringn to book wen we all knw who dere are.Touts shld be eradicated in lagos cos dere are ones causing problems in lagos. @Gov Fashola wif all due respect its better u start finkn of payn d army commander in lagos a visit and apologise cos d police can’t help only if our best man ever ,d present IG abubakar comes down to lagos cos he was once a commissioner in lagos and luk into fins himsef else!!

      @ibk u must undastand d fact dat nigerians need iron hand nt some group of uniformed security men who didn’t  tru training. Lagos in particular need to be deployed wif soldiers in orda to kip peace weda democracy warrants it or not

      @sunkanmi u are d clueless one who seem to be ignorant dat d ACN are selln we all lagosians. Wf all due respect,u sound like one of dose dat invaded d streets

  25. Mr man, will u ve prefer a situation where soldiers re immediately drafted & minutes later we began counting death tolls of innocent citizens? Come on aboki, we re in a democracy 4 God sake. I ll rather prefer d draftin of anti-riot policemen to calm d tension & thereafter we need political will to arrest & question illitrate bergers who call themselves NURTW; who ve made themselves rich by collectin monies dat is never accounted. No wonder one of them gave his girlfriend a customized hummer jeep! EFCC should probe them.

    • @sege wat guilty ones are dere bringn to book wen we all knw who dere are.Touts shld be eradicated in lagos cos dere are ones causing problems in lagos. @Gov Fashola wif all due respect its better u start finkn of payn d army commander in lagos a visit and apologise cos d police can’t help only if our best man ever ,d present IG abubakar comes down to lagos cos he was once a commissioner in lagos and luk into fins himsef else!!

  26. Armoured tanks and personnel carriers belonging to the Rapid Response Squad, RRS.
    Since when did the police start using Armoured tanks ? The last time I checked there was no police in the world using Armoured tanks.
    PM News get facts right before publishing.People reading this in other countries might think otherwise.

  27. i don’t think anybody should be held responsible for this mayhem than the lagos state government simply because they have every power and authority to curb this awful act but fail to carry out their responsibility,it’s quite embarasing to see a thug to hold a post that should be entrusted to somebody that have struggle to acquire a quality education,but because this so called hoodlums are their campaign and organising committee when it come to election period.so that’s why the govt armed them and give them direct access to their offices anytime.if fashola want to prove that he’s a reasoning and reasonable governor let him scrap the the union for the time being as in the case of oyo and ogun and prosecute all the perpetrators.

  28. Hello all Brothers that have made comments so far, they are all good but why dont you let us think of how we can suggest to LASG to investigate and bring the guilty ones to book. Also LASG should find a way of eradicating those collecting money forcefully at the parks in the southwest since is becoming alarming.

  29. my advice to u NRTW. you may have gods father and mother today, but remember ur last day. why killing people,all in the name of i support. THINK TWICE

    • My suggestion goes thus, LAGS should repair all public parks,force all the yellow painted buses to load at parks, place a trusted bank at parks with security and ask them to pay token amount which will go directly into the Government cover instead of allowing all these miscreants to be disturbing the peace of the public on daily basis. I want government to understand that 100% truth cannot be recorded but it will reduce pick-pocketting, bring about orderliness in boarding. More will be sent later. My regards.

  30. All this thing is the cause of police, if you see Olorunwa the chairman of agbero anytime if is going out you will see one full load of police in front and full load of police at the back he will be in the middle who is giving him police or was it because of money is paying them and we say we are short of police is it a commissioner or minister.

  31. I don’t think all this our coment are being read by the people concern, if so Fashola sould ban this hooligans called NUTRTW or is true each unit pay him 1 million naira daily.

  32. Much has been said about the menace of hoodlums and thugs disguising as members of NURTW, but the govt seems to be handling them with kid gloves, may be they are waiting till they take over the govt before they act.

  33. I know T̶̲̥̅̊Ợ̣̣̇̇̇r sure that all these hoodlums causing chaos Ãήϑ disturbing the peace Ø̲̣̣̥f Lagos Island are being supported,mobilized Ãήϑ sponsored by all these §☺ called NURTW Chairmanship contestants. Government should sure that the §☺ called “Agberos” are cleared from Lagos State.

  34. i belief vividly that this people agbero are having politicians backup, and what the polical actors that are using them they dont know, they agbero boys are now enlightened, going to school, voting into political office, well rich. I strongly believed that they will soon refuse the political actors that used and they will declare their political ambition for governor sit because they’ve expose them to power.

  35. i belief vividly that this people agbero are having politicians backup, and what the polical actors that are using them they dont know, they agbero boys are now enlightened, going to school, voting into political office, well rich. I strongly believed that they soon refuse the political actors that used and they will declare their political ambition for governor sit because they’ve expose them to power.

  36. The time has come for Fashola to get rid of thugs and hooligans from Lagos Island and ban NURTW from the island. It is disrespect to Oba Akiolu to forment trouble in his domain. The children of street beggars have now grown up and think they own Lagos and constitute themselves into a nuisance. Fashola should send these people back to their states of origin.

  37. @ Omo Ijebu … there is quite a long disconnection between your brain and what you are writing. Have you ever heard of somebody called Adebayo Success? He reigned in the days of NPN/UPN in Lagos. After him (and definitely before Tinubu), there has been other ‘renowned’ garage thugs.
    People like you tend to distract others from addressing real issues at hand. What we have on our hands could degenerate to a very serious problem and i pray your family member or property will be involved in the next theater of war … so that you can at least have the opportunity to take Tinubu to court … fool!

    • Ayur. I think u shd be more polite in ur comments. We ar in a society that values others integrity even when they dont crave 4 it. Stop addresing a fellw man derogatively. Talk 2 urself too.

  38. Lagos state gvt and acn should be blamed for all dis chaos, when soldiers came out to tackle dis issue, when d january peaceful protest was hijacked by thses area boys, they were shouting to de high heavn, now de boys are a big threat to de govt and lagosians in general. Brf & co it will better if u appologise to de military authority. Peharps they may be of help here.

  39. Can you imagine the Governor claiming the attacker are Isale-Eko boys, and not NURTW? The fact is that the Governor is helpless because his benefactor, the former Governor of the state is the Chancellor of the Agbero School of thought.

    Similar incidents in Oyo and Ogun State attracted proscription but why is the Governor pussyfooting in taking the same action to forestall further occurence? Instead, he was appealing to traditional rulers.

    I’m sure if it is the defenceless Lekki protesters, he will know what to do. Yeye man.

    • Yes point of correction it is not Fashola de gov dat is calling on traditional ruler it is another Fashola de family head in onala isalegangan so max always read btw de lines for perfect understanding of news.

    • @Max,it was not Gov Fashola this news was referring to,it was Alhaji Oladosu Fashola,take time to read meticulously before passing comments.Some of you just like to write with impetuosity ! Why ?
      Haba ! Where is your brain !

    • It is not the Governor that made the statement, the story said head of the Fashola’s family.

  40. This problem starts when Bola Ahmed Tinubu the ACN leader decide to militarise Lagos by using thugs to scare and attack his opponent.Mustapher Sego from Isalegangan is the major problem.The police men are not helping situation by taking side and been under Sego’s pay roll and control

  41. The best thing is to arrest Sego, Oluomo, Shame and Olorunwa those are the people causing problem in Lagos Island. The union problem of Lagos Island would put to and end if all this people can be arrested.

Comments are closed.