Many people were feared dead yesterday in Ewedogbo, Igando area of Lagos State, as military personnel and suspected militants engaged in a gun battle.
Reports obtained by Nigerian Pilot said that the suspected militants invaded the area through a river at about 4am on Tuesday, shooting sporadically to scare the residents while looting shops, leaving unconfirmed number of residents killed with stray bullets.
Residents said that many remained indoors as the police and soldiers arrived in the morning to salvage the situation, but the militants engaged the military in an intensive gun battle.
Earlier in the morning, a resident at Ewedogbo community had sent a Save Our Soul, SOS, message to the police and the state government to quickly act as the militants were killing people.
“Please help us call emergency line right now. Ewedogbo area of Igando, LASU Road, is on war; Niger Delta militant are killing people right now; no one can call or go out; I am eyewitness. Please help us spread the information,” the resident said in a whatsapp message around 8am on Tuesday.
According to him, the policemen who came to the area ran away as the militants had occupied everywhere.
“The police that came have run back; the militants have occupied everywhere right now in Ewedogbon. They just broke our house’s main gate right now,” he said.
Sources said the militants also engaged the police and soldiers in gun battle around Imose and Totowu waterside.
A policeman attached to the Igando Police Station was shot dead, three policemen injured while many residents have fled the area for safety, another source also said.

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