A clash between rival cult groups at Ikorodu area of Lagos State on Sunday claimed one as a yet-to-be-identified man was killed by a stray bullet.
According to a witness, the victim was on his way home when he was hit with the stray bullet around Ladega area of Ikorodu new the Oba palace.
The witness said the incident occurred on Sunday about 8pm when the rival cultists were chasing one another with guns.
A resident, who gave his name simply as Akiniyi, said he was waiting for his wife who was plaiting her hair in the area when he suddenly saw people scampering for safety.
He said: “While my wife and I were trying to rush out of the area for fear of being hit by the stray bullets from the guns of the cultists chasing each other, it was then we saw the victim in a pool of blood without being attended to.
He said hoodlums also used the opportunity to loot shops, while phones of some passers-by and other valuables were snatched at gunpoint.
“It was God who saved my wife and I. If not God, a lot of people would have died from stray bullets because the cultists were just shooting indiscriminately,” he added.
Akiniyi added that the rate of killing of innocent people in Ikorodu was becoming too much.
“Police should focus more on the axis and dwell more on the cultists who have taken over the community,” he said.
Another resident, Mr. Salami Adio, said that Ikorodu as a whole was not conducive for most of the residents anymore, because criminals were everywhere in the community.
“I was in my apartment close to the palace when I heard people screaming and scampering for safety. I was told that it was rival cultists who were chasing each and someone had been shot dead by a stray bullet. After the dust had settled, some landlords and I went to the scene and saw the person shot in a pool of blood,” he said.
However, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, debunked insinuation the incident claimed a life.
“The incident occurred about 8pm at Obunale area, where a stray pellet hit a passer-by, a 16-year-old boy. But he is still alive and receiving treatment in the hospital,” he said.