No fewer than five persons have sustained injuries after suspected cultists attacked residents of Idiroko and Owutu in Ikorodu.
The hoodlums, identified as Lion Base Boys of Dagbolu Street, Idiroko, were said to have started making trouble since Monday.
Trouble was said to have started after a young boy from Ajose Street seized a phone belonging to another boy from Dagbolu, who was beaten up.
The one whose phone was seized, was said to have gone to report to the Lion Base Boys in his street, who retaliated and violence erupted.
It was gathered that the hoodlums looted houses and shops and injured residents.
Some of the victims were stabbed in the heads and hands before the police arrived.
A resident, who shared pictures of the incident on social media, wrote: “When policemen from Owutu Division didn’t show up, residents defended themselves by fighting the boys.”
The Nation learnt that policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) were later deployed and they restored peace.
Suspected cultists also struck near Council bus stop at Idimu, Isheri Osun and Ikotun yesterday. They shot sporadically.
The hoodlums, identified as No Salary Boys, were said to be about 30. They rode motorcycles, storming the areas around 6pm, allegedly to honour one of their colleagues who died recently.
They were said to have wielded guns and cutlasses, causing panic among residents, who raised the alarm on Twitter and called for police reinforcement.
Command spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said last night that there was no cause for alarm at Idimu, as the police were carrying out operations there.
Concerning the Ikorodu incident, he confirmed that 72 suspects were arrested. He said peace had been restored.