Many were on Thursday [May 14] feared dead in the aftermath of the bloody gun duel between pipeline vandals and policemen attached to the Inspector-General of Police Special Task Force on Anti-pipeline Vandalism at the Igando area of Lagos, THISDAY reports.
Unconfirmed report as at 7p.m. put the figure of policemen that lost their lives at three, while nine vandals were also said to have been gunned down by the police.
Report had it that the vandals numbering over 20, had positioned themselves in strategic positions in the creeks, to vandalise pipeline and siphon petroleum products, while others kept watch.
THISDAY gathered that the task force, which was intimated of the show of force by the vandals reportedly came all the way from Abuja. On sighting the police, the vandals reportedly opened fire, but their shots were countered by that of the police.
Efforts to confirm the incident from the Lagos State Command spokesman, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, proved abortive, but a senior police officer who spoke but asked not to be named confirmed the shooting. He however declined to confirm if there were actually casualties from the gun duel.