No fewer than six youths were killed, while others sustained injuries after youths clashed during a football match at the Ajah area of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the youths had converged to play football during the compulsory monthly sanitation exercise when an argument ensued.
According to police authorities, the clash was between three factions, the Olumegbon boys, Ajah boys and Ilaje boys.
It was learnt that there was no winner in the battle as the casualties were spread evenly among the three factions.
It was also learnt that the whole area was filled with blood as well as broken glass and sticks after the fracas.
According to eyewitnesses, the damage had already been done before the police arrived.
An eyewitness, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said Ilaje boys were not playing football but got involved in the clash when Ajah boys attempted to escape through their own territory.
He said, “Ajah youths were playing football. Later Olumegbon boys arrived the place and soon an argument ensued which led to the clash. As the fighting continued, some of the Ajah boys tried to escape through Ilaje Community so the youths attempted to push them back so that they would not be embroiled in the fight.
“The Ajah youths in the process, killed two of our youths and of course a fight ensued.”
It was learnt that before the police could respond, the wounded had been rushed to the hospital, while the dead had been taken away by their respective factions.
The Olumegbon boys were said to have carried the corpses of their dead colleagues to the palace of the Olumegbon.