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Calm returns to Ikorodu after mayhem, destruction

After the mayhem and destruction of life and properties by vandals that turned militants, calm has gradually returned to Ikorodu axis of Lagos State.

After the mayhem and destruction of life and properties by vandals cum militants, calm has gradually returned to Ikorodu axis of Lagos State.

The area mostly affected are Abule Oba and Oke-oko, two of the several riverside communities in Ikorodu which share some similarities with Arepo (notorious vandal community) in Ogun State. 

They are all developing communities bounded by swamps and the Ogun River.

Arepo has been in the news for a long time for pipeline vandalization. 

The vandals do their business of siphoning oil from the pipelines in Arepo (swamp) and come home to reside in Oke-oko (mainland) in Ikorodu.

The shutting down of oil transmission in recent time causes unavailability of business product for the vandals. 

This translates to lack of money for the boys; to survive they started looking for their debtors who are mostly oil marketers. 

The non-payment of such debts resulted to murder and death by the angry vandals-turned-militants. 

Having not satisfied amidst persistent hunger, they turned to the community, with looting and brigandage, killing, raping and maiming.

This forced the inhabitants to flee the community in droves, to neighbouring communities for safety of lives and properties.

It took the combined efforts of the Army, Navy and Civil Defence to dislodge the vandal (militants) from the creeks and restore order in the affected communities. 

Peace has actually returned to the communities, but not without shedding of blood and tears.

Our correspondence who visited the community recently said that peace and calm has returned to the community. 

Residents have started going about their business without molestation. 

Some residents are still coming back with their properties amidst heavy presence of security personnels, who has been keeping vigil over the area.

But the team of military men is still mopping up the area while still clearing the creeks, the home abode of the militants. 

We were reliably informed that the federal government might turn the area to a military barrack for the Nigerian Navy to discourage the vandals from making use of the area in the future.

From Onwusonye Obinna

 

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