Police describe Lagos as calm after Friday's clash

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The situation was reportedly calm Saturday at Owode-Onirin, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, where two soldiers were shot dead Friday by militant youths suspected to belong to the banned Yoruba group, called the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).
"The situation is under control, but we have not made any arrests yet," said Emmanuel Adebayo, Deputy Commissioner (operations) of Lagos State.
"They (the militants) left the area before we mobilised, but we are investigating," Adebayo told PANA, adding that he suspected the militants were members of the banned group.
The clash occurred shortly before Friday's scheduled court appearance of OPC factional leader Ganiyu Adams.
Adams has been in prison custody since he was arraigned on a 23-count charge of murder, armed robbery and treason at the Ikeja Magistrate Court in Lagos last month.
The police arrested Adams at Ikorodu, near Lagos on 22 August, 18 months after he was declared wanted.
A 100,000 naira (about 1,000 dollars) reward was placed on his head for the alleged murder of Afolabi Amao, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Bariga police station in a suburb of Lagos.
Adebayo said members of the group coming into Lagos from neighbouring states to witness Friday's court case clashed with the state's security outfit, the Rapid Response Squad, leading to the death of the soldiers.
Soldiers were drafted into the squad after the police became overwhelmed by the group wielding more sophisticated weapons.
Friday's clash was the first between the OPC and the police since Adams was arrested.

15 september 2001 17:05:00




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