He was sent to restore normalcy during a clash between two communities but he lost his life in the process.

A police inspector and two siblings were killed during a masquerade festival at Ilagbo community, in the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State.

Some youths of Oriyanrin, a neighbouring community, had attended the masquerade event tagged, Kilajolu festival, at Ilagbo on Saturday when a clash broke out.

Some elders of the host community were said to have sent the youths away.

It was gathered that the youths regrouped and laid in ambush for some Ilagbo youths who were returning from the festival, hacking one Ismaila to death.

Ismaila’s brother, identified simply as Matanle, had gone to remove the corpse of his brother at the scene, when he was also hacked to death by the Oriyanrin youths.

Angered by the deaths, Ilagbo youths reportedly went on a reprisal and attacked Oriyanrin, burning houses and vehicles.

It was gathered that a team of policemen were deployed in the communities to restore normalcy, during which the inspector, whose identity had yet to be disclosed, was killed by the rampaging youths.

A resident, Moriu Made, described the incident as unfortunate, saying he escaped death by a whiskers.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who visited the warring communities on Tuesday warned the residents to desist from communal clashes.

The CP confirmed the death of the brothers, adding that two persons had been arrested in connection with the crisis.