THERE was pandemonium at the popular Alaba International Market, Lagos, on Wednesday, as five people were killed by gunmen.
The deceased were suspected cult members, who were caught unawares by a rival gang that invaded the market around 3.30 p.m.
The incident occured around Fancy and Furniture section of the market, as sounds of sporadic gunshots shook many parts of the markets.
Traders and buyers at the market scampered for safety, as many shop owners hurriedly closed their shops for the fear of being attacked.
An eyewitness, simply identified as Segun, who claimed to have arrived the scene shortly after the gunmen escaped, said five bodies were lying dead close to Ubakazon Plaza in the market.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that the victims were drinking at a joint in the market when the gunmen opened fire on them, killing five of them instantly.
A senior police officer at Oojo police station, while speaking under the condition of anonymity, confirmed that four people were killed “close to Alaba Market.”
The police officer, however, denied that the deceased persons were traders, insisting that they were “miscreants,” drinking at a joint.
Efforts to get the reaction of the image maker in charge of the state police command, Ngozi Braide, failed as her mobile phone was switched off.
Meanwhile, the corpses of the deceased men have been taken away by policemen from Oojo police station.