About 50 hoodlums, mostly teenagers, reportedly invaded five streets on the Lagos Island on Friday, killing a resident and looting several shops.
The affected streets were Massey, Oke Popo, Odunfa, Onala and Smith streets. The men, who were said to have mobilized from another part of the Lagos Island, vandalised vehicles parked by the roadside.
The hoodlums who were armed with daggers and machetes during the attack, killed a resident, Ade Busari, on Odunfa Street around 2pm while going for an Islamic prayer.
Eyewitness reports say Busari, who was married with children, was pursued by the armed hoodlums before being hacked to death. He was allegedly killed by one of the gang’s leaders identified as Azeez, alias Small Zego.
Reports say the boys got to the area 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.
A trader, who claimed he was stabbed by the hoodlums narrates that he was about locking his shop when the robbers got to his street. One of them stabbed him in the hand because he did not want them to loot his shop.
He says 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 tanks.
Policemen from the Adeniji Adele division and operatives of the Rapid Response Squad were said to have attempted to curtail the attack.
On Saturday, the police brought four tanks to the area which was still tension filled as people refused to come to their shops as a result of the robbery and the death. Peace is however gradually returning to the area.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said three suspects- Komeji Idris, Ola Saka and Ishola Adams were arrested during the attack, adding that they had been charged to court. Badmos says the command is on the trail of other suspects and order has now returned to the area.