Tragedy struck on Sunday at Ishawo, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State as an army Captain, identified as Muhammed, four policemen, and a civilian lost their lives after suspected militants attacked.
The militants reportedly had first attacked a funeral in Makun-Omi, Ogun State, on Saturday, disrupting the burial of a monarch.
The Captain and the policemen had responded to a distress call after the militants kidnapped some residents on Woodland Estate, close to the Ishawo creeks.
The operatives, after rescuing the victims, were leaving the area when they were ambushed by the militants.
The panic-stricken residents fled their homes in the wake of the killings.
A combined team of the police and military had already been deployed in the area in a bid to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime.
A resident, who did not want to be identified, explained that the militants had attacked the community in reprisal for the killing of one of their members in Opeoluwa community.
She explained that the militants killed and set ablaze a resident, said to be an informant of the police.
She said the police were called after the gunmen kidnapped some other residents.
The resident explained that people had fled their homes, adding that apart from the informant, some other civilians were killed by the militants.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said a total of six people were killed.
Owoseni said the police would work with other security agencies to ensure the suspects were apprehended and made to face the law.
The Lagos State Government, in a statement on Sunday, commiserated with the families of the deceased officers.
The statement, issued by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the incident was unfortunate, adding that it would strengthen the government’s resolve to root crime out of the statetopics from