The Lagos State Police Command has declared one Ibrahim, also known as Small Jaypron, wanted following clashes in the Bariga area of the state, which left five people dead between Friday and Sunday.
The police also alleged that Small Jaypron, along with members of his gang known as Downtown Boys, were responsible for a robbery in Ilaje area of Bariga on Thursday.
During the robbery, reporters learnt that three of the suspects were killed by the police.
It was learnt that the clashes were as a result of a feud between the Baale (village head) of Ilaje, Kayode Aiyetiwa, and the son of a former Baale, Segun Opere, also known as Shaggy.
It was gathered that due to the feud, hoodlums loyal to both parties usually lay siege to the area and sometimes clashed over the control of selling of sand and canoe operations.
The feud between the two parties however reached a climax last week as hoodlums clashed for three days resulting in the death of five people.
It was learnt that on Friday, three people were killed, while two others were killed on Sunday.
At the time of filing this report, policemen were said to be on the ground to douse the tension.
In a related development, three suspected armed robbers were killed during a shootout between the police and a gang of armed robbers in Bariga on Thursday.
According to the police, that the slain robbers, identified simply as Austin, Idi and Tunde, are members of Downtown Boys and are responsible for series of crimes in Somolu.
Police reports indicated that the hoodlums, who were killed on Ilaje Street, were led by Small Jaypron.
A senior police officer at the Bariga Division, who craved anonymity, said Austin, one of the deceased, had previously been arrested.
He said, “Austin was arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and was charged to court but granted bail. On June 6, 2012, he and others at large stabbed one Abiodun Azeez in the eye during a robbery on Abeokuta Street, Bariga.
“We had been looking for him since then but on Thursday, he ran out of luck when he engaged us in a fierce gun battle. He died during the shootout but some of his gang members are still at large.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the incident to our correspondent, adding that Small Jaypron had been declared wanted by the police.
She said, “On June 21, 2012, the police received a distress call that there was an ongoing robbery at Ilaje, beside the Third Mainland Bridge. A team of policemen from Ilaje Division were dispatched to the area and when the hoodlums sighted them, they immediately opened fire.
“The hoodlums were killed in the process but Ibrahim, who is said to be their leader, escaped with bullet wounds. A locally-made pistol as well as many expended bullets was recovered from the scene. Efforts are being made to arrest Ibrahim.”
The PPRO also confirmed that the clash was between Downtown boys and Shaggy boys. She however said she could only confirm two deaths.
Police kill armed robbery suspect in Osogbo
Meanwhile, an armed robbery suspect, Olumide Famakin, who sustained gunshot injury during crossfire with policemen, has died.
The Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, Mrs. Kalafite Adeyemi, stated this in Osogbo on Friday, during the parade of some robbery suspects before journalists.
She said. “Three young men suspected to be armed robbers were looking for a buyer in Osogbo for a Toyota Camry with registration number Lagos PR 234 AAA.
“My men got wind of this information and they swung into action. Two of the suspects later rode a motorcycle, going from one place to the other, looking for buyer.
“On sighting the policemen, two of the suspects on a motorcycle, Lukman Adisa and Olumide Famakin, opened fire. During the ensuing gun duel, both suspects sustained bullet wounds and they were subsequently arrested.”
Adeyemi said the driver of the car, Goke Emmanuel, was later arrested, adding that investigation showed that the car was snatched at gunpoint.
The police commissioner said an Osogbo Magistrate’s Court had sometime granted Emmanuel bail when he was arraigned for allegedly snatching another Toyota Camry in Ede.
She said Famakin later led detectives to Ijebu Ode, where the “leader of the gang, Adeseun Adejumo, was arrested with a stolen Nissan Primera car.”