Residents around the popular Awolowo market in Mushin area of Lagos State have been thrown into panic as rival cult gangs caused mayhem, looting and setting shops on fire.

Scores of residents and suspected gang members were confirmed injured during a bloody clash between youths from Awolowo market and Anifowoshe ends of Mushin on Sunday.

Bounce News gathered that thugs from around the market suspected to be cultists invaded Anifowoshe Street armed with various weapons.

Before Sunday’s invasion, tension has been brewing between the rival gangs for several days which culminated into a full-blown crisis that brought chaos into the community.

During the ensuing supremacy battle which lasted for close to two hours, many buildings and  properties were destroyed.

Some lock-up shops containing goods worth millions of naira were also burnt to ashes while some criminals also took the advantage to loot shops.

One of the looted shops

The gangsters were said to have openly brandished guns, cutlasses, bottles and other dangerous weapons during the fracas.

It was gathered that a member of the warring gangs poured petrol on some shops on Asaoku Street and set three shops ablaze.

His action was said to have sparked more violence between the warring factions as vehicles and other property at sight were badly damaged.

It took the timely intervention of security operatives from Alakara and Zone D Police Stations including men of the OP MESA team to bring the clash to an end.

In addition, the rescue team of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Lagos State Fire Service were mobilised to the scene to put out the fire on some shops in the community.

When our reporter visited the area on Tuesday, palpable fear still reign among the people.

Some of the properties destroyed

A community leader in the area, who pleaded anonymity told our reporter that people were afraid of reprisal attack by the cultists.

“Whenever they begin their fight, residents would not be able to move freely for hours. One will be caught between hiding at home or staying away from the neighbourhood.

“People no longer stay out in the night because nobody can predict what will happen, those cult guys are terrible set of people.

“We are seriously begging government and the police to help us to tame the hoodlums in this area. We are all living in fear”, he said.

Another resident of the area, Sola Akindele,who lives in  Anifowoshe Street, said residents of the community were still in shock and had been living in fear following the attack.

He said: “Those who witnessed what happened on Sunday are still in shock, and we are still living in fear. Do you know that if you throw a knockout here, people will take to their heels."

As of the time of filling this report, police patrol vehicles were sighted in some strategic locations in the area.

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