Friday, 31 August 2012

2 dead as hoodlums clash in Lagos

Two persons
were feared dead and
several others
wounded, yesterday, as
hoodlums invaded
some streets in the
Ebute-Meta area of
The immediate cause
of the invasion could
not be ascertained,
while some of the
residents said it could
not be unconnected
with the lingering crisis
in the area.
But the police said it
was a case of robbery,
an assertion that
corroborated the claim
of some residents.
The no fewer than 20
hoodlums, as gathered,
stormed the area at
midnight and started
shooting sporadically.
In the process, vehicles
were reportedly
They reportedly fired
from 12 midnight till
2am before policemen
from Iponri stormed
the scene.
Streets affected
included Brickfield,
Moshood Abiola Road
(formerly Apapa Road),
Daudu Lane and
After the police left, the
hoodlums reportedly
showed up again at 8
a.m, during which one
of the residents was
shot in the mouth.
Another resident, a
woman was reportedly
bathed with hot water
by the hoodlums.
Shops were also
reportedly broken into
and goods looted,
while unsuspecting
commuters were
attacked. Those
affected, as gathered,
included those
returning from a
viewing centre.
Commenting on the
spokesman for the
Lagos State Police
Command, Mrs. Ngozi
Braide, said six persons
were arrested by the
police, adding that
they would be
transferred to the State
Criminal Investigation
Meanwhile, police
patrol vans, including
those of the Rapid
Response Squad were
sighted patrolling the
area, yesterday while
an Amoured Personnel
Carrier was stationed
at Abule-Nla,
apparently to nip in
the bud likely reprisal

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