By Raheem Adeshina
Another youth from Itafaji area was shot dead by the notorious Agarawu boys on Sunday midnight, while defending their area against incessant attack and robbery of residents and traders.
The deceased identified as ‘TIROO’ was learnt to have joined other youths at Itafaji area to resist the aggression by the Agarawu boys, who hide under the guise of fighting with Onola boys, to rob residents, visitors and traders along Alli Street in Lagos Island.
Eye witnesses revealed that, the combination of Itafaji youths have come together to resist the incessant robbery attack of the Agarawu boys with cutlasses when the robbers came but met with Dane guns shooting by the invaders which caught Tiroo on the neck.
“This led to his death immediately because none of his team remain to rescue him after the shooting. His remains have been buried on Monday morning”, he narrated.
Another source under anonymity revealed that the youths from Onola, Itafaji and other affected areas have resolved to defend themselves in anyway possible, adding “We have even invited the service of Oodua People Congress (OPC) to apprehend the notorious Agarawu boys and hand them over to the Police for prosecution”.
Responding to why they didn’t invite the Police, he said, “The Police are trying their best but these are too notorious and have fortified themselves against bullets. We can’t just sit down and fold our hands while they terrorize us. Our own is to complement the Police efforts”.
Meanwhile, some community leaders, CDA Chairmen, Igbo traders and other stakeholders in the affected areas met with the representative of the Police at the Pashi/Willoughby CDA Secretariat to find a lasting solution to the unrest.
Speaking with our correspondent after the meeting on Monday morning, the President of the Igbo traders in the area under the umbrella of ACSATAON, Dr..Chris Onyekachi Simon revealed that the meeting was success as both the stakeholders and the Police agreed to intensify efforts to combat the attack and robbery.
“We have met and resolved to give the Police full backing to deal with the situation by apprehending the culprits and prosecute them”, he said.
Onyekachi said, “We are using this opportunity to appeal to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu to quickly intervene and quench the ongoing crisis between Onola and Agarawu boys in Lagos Island”.
Also, the Chairman of Pashi/Willoughby CDA, Mr Adamson Idowu appealed to parents of the troublesome youths to talk and discourage their children and wards to desist from joining the bad boys, warning “Any of these boys found wanton will be prosecute and jail”.
Other stakeholders at the meeting were: Chairman, Olosun CDA, representative of Obadina CDA, Alagbaa CDA and others.