Panic as land grabbers clash in Festac

There was pandemonium at Festac Town in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, on Friday morning after some hoodlums engaged in gun duel.

The hoodlums, suspected to be land grabbers were said to have clashed around Fifth Avenue, allegedly shooting sporadically.

It was gathered that the sound of sporadic gunshots frightened residents who assumed that bank robbers have stormed Festac Town again.

Rumour soon spread across the state that armed robbers had besieged the Fourth avenue branches of Diamond and First City Monument Banks (FCMB).

Although the broadcast message claimed an innocent citizen was killed by stray bullet, security sources dismissed the story.

“There was no bank robbery in Festac. Nothing of such happened.  The only thing that happened was that some land grabbers engaged in gun duel around Fifth Avenue. They were fighting among themselves and policemen were deployed to the area and calm restored,” said a policeman.

A vigilante in the area said some policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and the Festac Police Division were deployed when the rumour of bank robbery went viral, adding that when they got to the banks, businesses were going on smoothly.

Culled from THE NATION

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