Hoodlums desecrated 200 vehicles during Lagos clash
Written by Raji Ibukun on November 19, 2019
There was drama in the Itire-Ikate area of Surulere, Lagos State, on Friday, November 8, 2019, as hoodlums invaded some streets and desecrate over 200 vehicles belonging to residents.
According to the residents, the vandalised vehicles were parked on Bashorun, Shobande, Ogunsami, Ogunmuyiwa, Oredola, Lagos, Oshiga, Salami Bashorun and adjoining streets under the Oredola Community Development Association.
It was learnt that the hoodlums, who wore masks, also took advantage of the tension in the area to rob unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables during the operation.
A mechanic in the area, Amuda Olisa, said the crisis was between two factions of hoodlums in the community, adding that two vehicles belonging to his customers were desecrated.
He stated, “On Friday, around 11.30pm, the hoodlums invaded the area and started breaking the windscreens of vehicles that were parked on the streets. They carried out the operation till 1am, but when the police came, they had already desecrated a lot of vehicles. The boys are from Shobande and Wosilat streets, but the police did not arrest them.
“The fight started on Thursday, but the police were able to chase the hoodlums away. On Friday night, they reinforced and started vandalising vehicles. We were hearing the sound of vehicles being smashed with cutlasses and hammers, and they also robbed people.
A resident of the area, Yusuf Abubakar, said the hoodlums smashed the windscreens of over 200 vehicles during the invasion, estimated that the hoodlums were over 30 and were armed with cutlasses, torch lights and other weapons, with which they vandalised the vehicles. adding that the Chairman, Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area, Ahmed Apatira, had visited the community to assess the situation..
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, however, said only 12 vehicles were vandalised, adding that gangs from a neighbouring community were responsible for the attack.
“It was not a clash; the gangs came from a neighbouring community that is having issues with gangs in the area. The gangs came through the lagoon around 4am and vandalised 12 vehicles parked on the streets and ran back. The police responded and arrested a suspect. Investigation is ongoing,” Elkana said.
The residents faulted the position of the police, saying they only visited one of the affected streets.