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Cultists Set 65 Year Old Woman,House Ablaze in Bariga Lagos

There was pandemonium in Bariga area of Lagos State on Saturday when some hoodlums said to be cultists engaged in gang war set a house and a 65-year-old woman ablaze in the wake of the crisis.

house-on-fireOur correspondent learnt that the bungalow located at No.19 Oshinfolarin Street, Bariga was set ablaze by some hoodlums claimed to be cult members as a reprisal action.

Confirming the incident general manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Michael Akindele said the incident left the neighbourhood devastated.

He said the agency’s Emergency Response Team,( ERT), along with the Lagos State Fire service, Lagos Ambulance Services, (LASAMBU); State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, (SEHMU) and the Nigeria police from Bariga Divisional Police Station, responded to the distress call.

Akindele said information revealed that the cultist had been terrorising the area since Friday before attacking the affected building this morning, trapping the occupants inside and setting the building on fire.

He said, “A 65 yrs old woman known as Adejoke Adefuye was burnt beyond recognition in one of the rooms. She was the only mortality recorded and has been taken to the morgue by SEHMU, other occupants of the building, who sustained minor injuries have been treated by LASAMBUS.

“However, the whole occupants of the building have been displaced and might need urgent temporary shelter. The inferno was finally put out at 11:55am.”

According to him, proper investigation would be carried out by security operatives on the incident, advising Lagosians to assist the police with necessary information.

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