Ethnic Faceoff: Properties Destroyed As Yoruba And Egun Clash In LekkiMayhem was unleashed in the Lekki area of Lagos state on Wednesday, November 9, after a land dispute snowballed into a violent ethnic clash between the Yoruba and Egun communities, with angry youths setting about 400 structures ablaze, leaving several residents displaced.
The incident which is believed to have slowly been gathering momentum since Monday was triggered off by an ongoing battle for supremacy between the Egun speaking community – who are mostly indigenes of Benin Republic, and the Yoruba speaking community, resulting in mass destruction in the area.
According to a source who spoke to PM news, residents took to the waterways and every other available escape route to escape the pandemonium in the community. He noted that about eight people reportedly drowned after their canoe capsized while fleeing the area via water.
Confirming the ethnic clash, Lagos Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Dolapo Badmos explained the circumstance surrounding it and noted that the police swung into action immediately to arrest the situation.
“There is an Egun community mainly made up of people from Republic of Benin. They actually occupy illegal shanties. We were alerted about the breakdown of law and order in the area and immediately went to check Otodogbami community, Ikate Lekki Phase 1, where there is a fight between the Benin- Yoruba communities fighting over the supremacy of the territory.”
“It’s an illegal settlement area, most of the structures there are shanties and because of a protracted dispute between themselves, they set fire on their different shanties. The Police moved into the area to restore peace and in the process of checking the area, we discovered that there was a woman who was trapped in one of the shanties with a two-day old baby who would have been burnt in the process,” she said.
Badmos appealed to the warring factions to shun violence and noted that the area had been taken over by the State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.