Four persons were feared killed yesterday when the Lagos State Task Force on Land Grabbers led by the police stormed a church in Makoko, Yaba.
According to TheNation, the task force, some hoodlums and the police stormed The Act of Apostle Church over a land dispute. They reportedly came with over 30 police vans.
They allegedly broke down the fence of the church, and set its hall ablaze. They were said to have shot sporadically, leaving many injured. Many of the white chairs in the church and speakers were burnt.
The ceilings and windows were broken. A tricycle parked in the church compound was also burnt and the glasses of some cars were destroyed. Broken bottles also littered the streets.
Some residents blamed the task force, the hoodlums and the police for all the damage. The body of Kolawole Iwalokun was brought to the community around 5pm.
Bullets were over Kolawole’s body. An Executive in the church, Bamidele Ogunmayi, said a land issue led to the crisis.
“The police have done badly, they have supported area boys, killed four of our people, about 20 of our youths are injured with gunshots, and they are receiving treatment. They have burnt our church, broken our fence.
We do not know the interest of the police in land matters. They have infringed on our fundamental right; they also arrested some of our youths. The police were about 50, the land grabbers and hoodlums were about 30 and were in the task force uniform.
The police broke our fence, when the youths wanted to ask them what the matter was, they started shooting. We want justice against the people that violated our human right,” Ogunmayi said.