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1 Dead, 4 Arrested, Abducted Landlord Rescued As OPC Members Engage Militants In Ikorodu [SEE PHOTO]

Rescued Landlord, Daniel
Armed members of the Oodua Peoples Congress have engaged suspected Niger Delta militants, who have been terrorizing residents around Igbo Olomu area of Ikorodu in Lagos State.

The clash at the weekend led to the arrest of four of the militants.
Four members of the Nigeria-Delta militants, have been arrested by members of the Ogbagba zone of  Oodua People's Congress in Ikorodu West.
The OPC members engaged the militants in a force gun battle around Yewa community in Igbo Olomu and facilitated the release of two landlords in the area, who were earlier kidnapped by the gunmen.
Sadly an OPC member was killed but other members of the Yoruba group succeeded in arresting four members of the hang, who were handed over to the divisional police officer in charge of Owutu Police Station, who later handed them over to the area commander in charge of the area.
It was gathered that the Otunba Gani Adams OPC led members from Ogbagba zone responded to a distress call that the militants had invaded Yewa area of Olainu Kan, where they kidnapped two people, including a landlord, simply identified as Mr Daniel Akpughe.
The OPC responded and caught up with the militants, who had by then relocated to part of the creek and a serious clash ensued between the two groups. The abducted members of the Lagos community were rescued.


The militants regrouped and waylaid the OPC members on their way back, killing one of them, Tunde Sogunro in another round of gun duel.
An OPC leader, who commented on the incident under the condition of anonymity, said "people have been saying all sorts of things about OPC not doing anything about the militants in Yoruba land ".
He continued that "now we have lost one of our members but people will not come out and say that OPC rescued two people, who were kidnapped by the Niger Delta militants. Nobody will come out now and say something about compensating his family".
The OPC leader also expressed the readiness of the group to tackle the menace of the militants. He said 'we have always expressed our readiness to collaborate with other security agencies. We know the terrain more than them. They need to invite us and discuss with us, before we can do anything"
Femi Atiku, the coordinator of Ogbagba zone of OPC in Isawo confirmed the incident to our correspondent and expressed the condolence of the group to the slain member.

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