Short Story

ISÁLẸ EKO ( after watching Gang of Lagos)

A boy in the cross fire between London and Kazeem -Collateral Damage-

The air was thick with tension as the two rival cult groups faced off in the narrow alleyways of Iga Idunganran in Isale Eko. NINO, a popular rival warlord has just been butchered.


The sun beat down mercilessly, casting harsh shadows across the faces of the hardened men who stood with their weapons at the ready. Machetes glinted in the sunlight, while guns hung menacingly from the hips of the more powerful members.

Suddenly, without warning, the silence was shattered by a sharp crack. The first shot had been fired. In an instant, chaos erupted. The members of the rival groups charged towards each other, their screams piercing the air like the cry of the banshee.

As the battle raged on, innocent bystanders were caught in the crossfire. Shopkeepers shuttered their doors, while mothers dragged their screaming children inside. The narrow alleyways were filled with the sounds of clanging metal and gunshots, as the two groups clashed with reckless abandon.

Blood spilled onto the cobbled streets, forming rivulets that ran in between the stones. Bodies littered the ground, some still twitching with the last gasps of life, others lying still in pools of their own blood. The smell of death hung heavy in the air, an almost tangible presence that threatened to overwhelm even the strongest of stomachs.


Tari, a young boy with a bright smile and a love for soccer, had been caught in the crossfire. His left leg was torn apart by a stray bullet, and he fell to the ground with a scream of pain. Blood gushed from the wound, staining his school uniform red as he writhed in agony.


The battle raged on for two long days, with neither side showing any signs of giving up. The streets of Isale Eko were like a warzone, with debris and destruction everywhere. Smoke rose from the burning buildings, while the air was thick with the acrid smell of burning wood and plastic.


Throughout the chaos, the heroes emerged. Doctors and nurses risked their own lives to tend to the wounded, their white coats stained with blood. Volunteers braved the streets, bringing food and water to those trapped inside their homes, their faces determined and grim.

Finally, on the third day, the police arrived. They managed to quell the violence, arresting many of the cult members and restoring order to the streets of Isale Eko. But for Tari, the damage had already been done.


Although he survived the ordeal, Tari lost his left leg. He was forced to use crutches for the rest of his life, a constant reminder of the horrors he had witnessed. But even in the face of such adversity, Tari never lost his spirit. He continued to play soccer, adapting to his new circumstances and proving that he was stronger than anyone could have imagined.


In the end, the deadly cult clash in Isale Eko left scars that would never fully heal. But it also showed the resilience of the human spirit, as people came together in the face of tragedy to help one another and fight for a better tomorrow.

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