Baby Burned to Death, Grandfather Assaulted in Tragic Lagos Community Attack

Tragic attacks in Nigeria leave 15-month-old baby burned to death, 26 killed by herdsmen. Governors condemn violence, provide relief, as communities seek justice and security.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Baby Burned to Death, Grandfather Assaulted in Tragic Lagos Community Attack

Baby Burned to Death, Grandfather Assaulted in Tragic Lagos Community Attack

In a tragic incident on Saturday, a 15-month-old baby was burned to death and a grandfather was assaulted during an attack on the riverine community of Egan Oriomi in Lagos, Nigeria. The attack resulted in the burning of 15 houses, the shooting of 10 persons, and scores of others being inflicted with deep machete cuts.

Mariam Israel, the baby's mother, said she was prevented from saving her child, who died in the fire. The grandfather, Akinsanya Taofiq, attempted to rescue his grandson but was attacked with cutlasses. Five out of the 12 suspects arrested have been released, and the bereaved mother is seeking justice for her baby's horrific death, appealing to the governor for help.

The attack is believed to be linked to a lingering kingship tussle, with politicians allegedly hiring hoodlums to carry out the violence. In a separate incident in Benue State, Nigeria, at least 26 people have been killed by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen in attacks in Gwer West Local Government Area over the weekend.

The first incident occurred on Saturday, where six personnel of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards and Livestock Guards were killed in an ambush while escorting families to bury their dead. On Sunday night, 14 people were killed in an attack on a community in Gyaruwa, and on Monday, several more people were killed in an attack on a village at Naka-Adoka road.

The Caretaker Chairman of the Local Government Council, Mr. Henry Agba, has reported the incidents to the police and the security adviser, who have visited the affected areas. The State Police Public Relations Officer has stated that the State Commissioner of Police has gone to the areas for assessment and will provide further updates on the developments.

Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, visited the affected communities of Igbomotoru 1 and 2 in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, accompanied by the Commander of the Nigerian Army 16 Brigade, Oluremi Obolo. The governor condemned the killing of 17 soldiers at Okuama in Delta State and urged the people, particularly the youths, not to allow themselves to be used as agents of criminality and destabilization.

He warned traditional rulers and community leaders to reside in their domains, and announced the provision of relief materials, including cash, 150 bags of rice, and 40 bags of garri, to be distributed to the affected communities. A minute of silence was observed in honor of the slain soldiers and about 20 youths said to have been killed in Igbomotoru 2 community.

The former Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Benue State, Mr. Terwase Orbunde, was also attacked by suspected armed herdsmen, who abducted his wife and house help. The article mentions that criminals have been placing fake advertisements in strategic areas of Lekki, Ajah, Banana Island, and Ikoyi, scouting for fine and healthy-looking men.

Why this matters: The tragic incidents in Lagos and Benue State highlight the ongoing security challenges and violence faced by communities in Nigeria. The attacks have resulted in the loss of innocent lives, displacement of families, and a sense of fear and instability in the affected areas.

Taiwo Israel, the father of the baby who was burned to death, was seen carrying the charred remains of the child. The bereaved mother, Mariam Israel, is seeking justice for her baby's horrific death and appealing to the governor for help. Governor Douye Diri visited the affected communities, condemning the violence and urging the people not to allow themselves to be used as agents of criminality. He also announced the provision of relief materials to support the affected families.

Key Takeaways

  • 15-month-old baby burned to death in attack on riverine community in Lagos, Nigeria
  • 26 people killed by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen in Benue State, Nigeria
  • Governor of Bayelsa State visits affected communities, condemns killings, and provides relief
  • Former Chief of Staff's wife and house help abducted by suspected armed herdsmen
  • Criminals posting fake job ads to lure men in Lekki, Ajah, Banana Island, and Ikoyi