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In Lagos: My family homeless after losing church, house to Lagos clash — Cleric



A cleric in the Fagba area of Lagos, Solomon Ajao, has recounted the devastating loss a clash among youths in the community left on his family.

His church and apartments within the premises were burnt down in the clash and his family displaced.

Punch learnt that some youths, claiming to be staging #EndSARS protest mounted a roadblock at the Fagba junction on Wednesday and stopped a truck conveying cows from the northern part of the country.

The hoodlums reportedly set fire to the truck when they demanded a cow from the owners who turned down their request.

The owners reportedly mobilised and launched a reprisal, leading to burning of properties, including houses, church, shops, a bank and a filling station.


Many people were allegedly feared dead in the clash that lingered till Thursday but there was no confirmation by the police.

Narrating how the incident affected his family to our correspondent on Saturday, Ajao said the violence started on Monday when he left home for a prayer ground in Ifo, Ogun State.

He said, “I went for a prayer at Ifo early Monday, leaving my wife and children at home. I was at the prayer ground around 8am when I got a call that Fagba was boiling. Some of my church members relocated my family to their house because our church was at the centre of the violent spot.

“They broke into my premises through the gate and burnt down the church and our home, including a car I bought recently. I just returned from the prayer ground today (Saturday) and saw that everything was gone. My family and I have been displaced.”

The pastor said the attack on his property was premeditated, adding that the arsonists only exploited the clash to execute their plan.
 
A resident, Ibrahim Adeniyi, said many yet-to-be-identified people were killed in the mayhem. He, however, said normalcy had returned as people had started going out. Punch

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