Barely 48 hours after a group of street urchins had attacked Boundary, Ifelodun area of Lagos State, killing one and maiming several others, another group on Thursday held the Adekunle–Yaba area of the state to ransom killing five and inflicting injury on seven policemen.
The injured policemen are attached to Yaba Division of the State Police Command also escalated to a gun duel by the hoodlums.
The clash was sparked by an altercation at the Makoko area before things went downhill and the hoodlums went riot and took the fight out to Herbert Macaulay Street and the Adekunle end of Third Mainland Bridge.
Taking advantage of the moment, the hoodlums were said to have gone berserk and vandalised vehicles, broke into shops and robbed passersby as well as motorists.
Armed with guns and other dangerous weapons including stones, the hoodlums held the entire area hostage to hours before the police were able to subdue them and return normalcy to the area.
The clash coupled with the torrential rainfall caused a terrible traffic snarl that lasted for hours around the Yaba axis as well as the road leading to the Lagos Island
Some of the privately-owned companies that were hitherto not affected by the public holiday were forced to close shop for the day for fear of being victims.
“We were all going about our daily activities when the fracas started. We waved it off at first because something similar occurred two weeks back but it was contained.
“But we were in for a rude shock when these hoodlums went on rampage. Even when the police came and tried to restore peace, they resisted and fought back.
“It was a full blown war between them and the police and we all ran to safety because they were shooting indiscriminately. Soon, the hoodlums started vandalising cars and shops. However, the police later subdued them but the harm had been done already.
“It was after peace had been restored that we saw some corpses littered around. I don’t know if its that of the hoodlums or innocent bystanders. The corpse were later taken away by the police,” an eye-witness had told newsmen
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said, “Police was at makoko at about 8am today to execute a court order on demolition of certain area of makoko.
“Youths of that area on sighting d Police mobilised and launched an attack on the police. They were armed with guns and other dangerous weapons like cutlasses, bottles, daggers, rods and sticks.
“Seven policemen sustained pellet injuries and are receiving treatments now. At this juncture, Police withdrew to avoid innocent casualties. Though security is heightened in the area now and normalcy has returned.”