By Christopher Oji and Itoro Godwin
Two persons were feared killed and several others injured Sunday night, when oil vandals and policemen clashed at Elebute community, Ibafo in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Also, three persons were feared killed in a similar incident at the Victory Estate, Igbeyinadun area, Iba, Lagos State.
Daily Sun gathered that the incident at Ibafo has made residents to flee their homes.
It was gathered that 48 hours after the heavy gun duel between the police and vandals, the neighbourhood is still deserted as residents saw the development as war.
As at the time of filling this report, motorists, commercial motorcycle riders, passersby have abandoned the road while commercial activities were totally grounded.
A resident told our correspondent, “the gun battle started since Sunday evening till Monday morning. My family is fleeing to Lagos because, we know that the vandals must come back. They are desperate because, two of their members were shot dead during the encounter with security agencies. I have been living in Ibafo for over 15 years and I know that the vandals are desperate people. They must stage a come back and it maybe bloody. I don’t want stray bullet to hit my family. The same fear is what other residents are nursing. Nobody is left in the community.
As at the time of filling this report, three Armoured Personal Carriers (APC), belonging to the police were stationed around the road junction and Ibafo police station on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Armed policemen dressed in bullet proofed Jackets were patrolling the environment.
In the Lagos incident, residents of Victory Estate said since five days, oil thieves have engaged the police in gun duel.
A resident, John Itabor said, “three persons were shot dead. We have not been sleeping since five days now, we have sent a Save-Our-Souls messages to the Nigerian Army to join force with the police to confront the oil thieves.
“The Estate has been raped by oil thieves for so long. There is hardly a day that about 16 trucks loaded with petroleum products would not leave the Estate.
“We have complained severally to the police but they would collect money from the vandals and allow them to go ahead with their nefarious business. I think there was a disagreement between the vandals and the police as they engaged themselves in a gun battle.
“We are calling on the state Commissioner of Police to come to our rescue as we may be hit by stray bullets. There have been sporadic shootings since five `days now. I learnt that three persons were shot dead.”