Residents of the Tarkwa bay area of Victoria Island, Lagos State, were on Tuesday
thrown into confusion when some naval personnel allegedly invaded the community
and sacked the residents from their homes.
An eyewitness, who spoke about the condition of anonymity, said the naval personnel,
who had been on surveillance of petroleum product pipeline in the area, accused
members of the community of vandalising the pipeline in a bid to steal fuel.
He stated that the naval personnel used that as an excuse to cover up their alleged
collaboration with vandals in puncturing the pipeline to steal fuel, adding that in a bid
to cover up their action, the personnel invaded the community and shot
indiscriminately and sacked residents from their homes.
Footage recorded by one of the victims showed the residents moving their belongings
to the community’s football field.
When contacted, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga
Omotosho, said he needed to make some findings and get back to our correspondent.