Hood­lums at­tack La­gos ve­hi­cles, loot shops

The Punch - - METRO - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

THERE was pan­de­mo­nium in the early hours of Sun­day on Free­dom Street in the Ebute Meta area of La­gos State as hood­lums stormed the area, bur­gled shops and van­dalised sev­eral ve­hi­cles.

It was gath­ered that the hood­lums, num­ber­ing about 100, were re­turn­ing from a party around 2am when they at­tacked the com­mu­nity.

PUNCH Metro gath­ered that the hood­lums van­dalised about 10 ve­hi­cles parked on the street and looted five shops.

A res­i­dent of the area, Mukaila Aro­mashodun, told PUNCH Metro that when po­lice per­son­nel from the Den­ton Po­lice Sta­tion were called while the at­tack was go­ing on, they said there was no fuel in their pa­trol ve­hi­cle.

he stated, “Some hood­lums, num­ber­ing about 100, came to at­tack our com­mu­nity around 3am, broke into some shops and looted the goods there and de­stroyed over 10 ve­hi­cles.

“They op­er­ated for more than one hour till we mo­bilised our­selves to fight back, but they in­jured about five boys from our area, be­cause they were armed and they later ran to the Oko-baba area. We were able to recog­nise two out of the hood­lums.

“When we called the po­lice from the Den­ton Po­lice Sta­tion, while the hood­lums were still op­er­at­ing, we were told that there was no fuel in their pa­trol ve­hi­cle, but they later came this morn­ing af­ter the boys had gone, but we did not at­tend to them.”

One of the shop own­ers, Lau­retta Anya, told our cor­re­spon­dent that the hood­lums stole all the clothes in her shop.

She said, “I was called on the phone around 5am that hood­lums had bro­ken into my shop; so, I rushed down to the area to see what had hap­pened and I saw that all the goods in my shop had been stolen. I just bought goods to sell for the fes­tive pe­riod, but the hood­lums stole ev­ery­thing.

“When I got to my shop, I was told that it was the hood­lums, who used to stay at the junc­tion, who per­pe­trated this act. I don’t know what to do; I have been cry­ing since be­cause I do not know where to start from. I want the gov­ern­ment to come to our aid. I learnt that when the po­lice were called, they said they did not have fuel to come, only to show up this morn­ing.”

An­other shop owner, Omobolanle Oye­bola, who is a stu­dent of the Univer­sity of La­gos, told our cor­re­spon­dent

• Scenes of the at­tack

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