on Friday when about 50 hoodlums, mostly teenagers, invaded five
streets, where they killed a resident, Ade Busari, and looted several
on Saturday, gathered that the affected streets were Massey, Oke Popo,
Odunfa, Onala and Smith streets.
men, who were said to have mobilised from another part of the Lagos
Island, vandalised vehicles parked by the roadside.
division and operatives of the Rapid Response Squad were said to have
attempted to curtail the attack.
on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that Busari, who was
married with children, was pursued by the armed hoodlums before being
hacked to death.
around 2pm and began to loot some of the shops. Most traders quickly
locked their shops and ran home. The hoodlums did not have guns; but
they had daggers and machetes.
mosque. As he passed by them, one of the robbers shouted, ‘That’s him.
He is one of them.’ They encircled Busari and began to cut him with
machetes. One of the gang’s leaders, Azeez, alias Small Zego, brought out a knife and stabbed him to death. The police later came to remove his corpse. There is still tension in the area.”
their shops today (Saturday) as a result of the robbery and the death. I
could not go for my Islamic prayers on Friday as a result of the
tension. But the police brought four tanks to Odunfa on Saturday and
peace is gradually returning.”
the hoodlums, said, “I was about locking my shop when the robbers got to
my street. One of them stabbed me in the hand because I did not want
them to loot my shop. There was a crowd of gangsters; it was as if they
were on a rally. They wore only shirts and jean trousers. They
vandalised any vehicle and tricycle they found by the roadside. It was
after they had looted about three streets that the police brought the
Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said three suspects were arrested during the
attack, adding that they had been charged to court.
in a fight on those streets. They damaged seven vehicles. Three suspects
– Komeji Idris, Ola Saka and Ishola Adams – were arrested and they were
arraigned in court on Friday.
prison. The police do not have any record of death. However, the family
of the deceased can come forward to file a report to assist police
investigations. The command is on the trail of other suspects and order
has returned to the area now.”