Three suspected hoodlums and land grabbers have been arrested, following an attack on Isiu palace in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, injuring over 60 people.
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It was gathered that the attackers started shooting sporadically upon invading the palace on Sunday, in an alleged failed abduction of the newly installed monarch.
The monarch, Okukayode Raji, was given staff of office by the Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties, Wale Ahmed, on August 24, 2020.
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The monarch said the hoodlums came in dozens with dangerous weapons, before the intervention of local vigilante groups that averted their plots and chased them away, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
“Suddenly, we started seeing strange faces and many boys coming closer to the palace with different weapons in their hands.
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“While they moved closer, they started shooting; one of my sons was wounded in the process.
“My house, my car and many people who came to pay homage to me were also wounded.
“More than 60 people were shot, those who sustained serious injuries have been taken to the hospital for treatment,” the monarch said.
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Raji disclosed that the response from the Divisional Police Officer and the Area Commander was late.
“They responded very late but later sent their officers to patrol the community.
“However, three suspects have been arrested so far,” he also said.
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The monarch, however, called on community leaders and indigenes to cooperate and solve land matters, to ensure absolute peace within the communities.
He also urged the Lagos State government to intervene and beef up security in the area, to curb a re-occurrence.