#EndSARS: Widespread violence as hoodlums unleash terror in Lagos

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#EndSARS: The Attack on Television Continental in Lagos
Lekki EndSARS protesters before the Army shot to dispersed them
A combination of photos from the scene of the Lekki #EndSARS protest on October 20, 2020.

Hoodlums on Wednesday unleashed terror in Lagos State as widespread violence from the #ENDSARS protests was hijacked by hoodlums to cause wanton of destructions across the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), Hope Uzodimma (Imo), AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq (Kwara), and Simeon Lalong (Plateau) imposed curfew on their states.

Many policemen were killed and police stations set ablaze. Other public offices were either set on fire or invaded by hoodlums disguising as protesters.

A private hospital was burnt in Lagos because the hoodlums accused its officials of refusing to admit an injured for treatment.

Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu deployed riot policemen across the country to protect police facilities being attacked and destroyed.

In Lekki, Lagos, on Tuesday night, security agents dispersed the protesters at the tollgate by force. They fired gun shots.

Bonfires were seen in social media posts as the protesters, who did not leave the place after the curfew declared by Governor Sanwo-Olu took effect, scampered into safety.

The Lagos State Government ordered an investigation into the Lekki incident.

A statement by Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotoso, said the government will do everything within its power to ensure that the lives of all Lagosians are protected at all times.

screenshot of video of Kings College In Lagos Under Attack By Thugs

A worrying video of mob lynching the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Agbara Police station surfaced on social media just as over four persons were allegedly killed by policemen.

The Lagos Panorama gathered that hoodlums reportedly murdered three cops in retaliation at Makinde Police Station in Oshodi.

Orile Iganmu Divisonal Police Station after hoodlums set it on fire

Residents said the station was razed before the hoodlums carted away vehicles and motorcycles without registration numbers.

Headquarters of The Nation Newspapers in Mushin after it was set on fire by hoodlums

Images of burnt buildings, including headquarters of The Nation Newspapers in Mushin, Television Continental (TVC) at Isheri, other media houses, emergency and safety offices/equipment, the Lekki and Ikoyi toll plazas, shopping malls, banks and hotels littered the social media.

Disturbing footages across the state showed anarchy reigning supreme as rampaging armed thugs besieged highbrow estates in Lekki and Victoria Garden City (VGC) in search of politically exposed persons.

They were prevented by guards at the entrance of such places.

This newspaper’s head office was invaded by hoodlums late afternoon who set it ablaze not minding there were people inside the premises. Fortunately, those trapped were evacuated from the premises before the fire escalated although valuable items including cars were destroyed by the fire.

At TVC, the mob who could not gain access into the building, set vehicles ablaze and also torched a part of the building forcing a blackout on the station during the breakfast show.

It was gathered the carnage left many died and scores of others injured as the thugs went about in complete disregard for the 24-hour curfew.

In Surulere, the family house of Governor Sanwo-Olu was set ablaze by an irate crowd while the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Iga Idugaran on the Island was vandalised by youths who carted away valuables, including the staff of office.

It took the intervention of detachments of military forces to douse the situation in the palace.

Several Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) buses and stations at Berger and Oyingbo were torched while the Nigerian Ports Authority’s (NPA) head office in Marina was also burnt.

Hoodlums raze Oyingbo terminus of Lagos BRT: A large number of new BRT buses yet to be deployed to routes but parked in the terminus situated behind railway line in Oyingbo, have all been consumed by the raging fire.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the miscreants, who defied the 24-hour curfew imposed by Lagos State Government, burnt down the terminus, recently opened at Oyingbo in Mainland Local Government Area, at about 8.30 a.m on Wednesday

Other public places attacked include Lagos City Mall, Igbosere Magistrate Court and Ibeju-lekki Local Government Secretariat, Bella’s place owned by Mike Adenuga, Circle Mall Jakande in Lekki, Shoprite Mall Sangetodo, several shops and plazas across the state as well as some commercial banks.

Lagos headquarters of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Marina set on fire by hoodlums

Also, reporters attached to African Independent Television (AIT) and Silverbird Media were harassed by the mob, who accused them of spying on their activities.

Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Lekki Dispatch Center Office after hoodlums set it on fire

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) offices, Federal Road Safety Commission’s (FRSC) complex at Ojodu Berger and Fire trucks were not left out of the destruction.

According to the Director General (DG) LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, one of the agency’s paramedics intern, Marian Omobukola, was hit by stray bullet.

Also attacked was the state Fire Service, forcing the firemen to retreat despite the multiple fires recorded across the state.

Already, one of their trucks in Ikotun was hijacked and set ablaze, same with the truck in Alausa which was also hijacked.

At Ojodu Berger, the hoodlums attacked offices of the FRSC and VIS and set the vehicles of the sector commanders on fire.

When all calls to the fire service proved abortive, officials of the FRSC and VIS were forced to mobilise the fire equipment in their offices and douse the fire.

The police were not left out of the fray as several police divisions and outposts were attacked in reprisals by angry youths.

Sequel to the gunning down of some youths by policemen from different divisions, the mob reinforced and attacked several stations.

At the Adekunle Police Station, the mob set it ablaze after two residents were reportedly shot dead by the police who were trying to enforce the curfew.

Also in Isheri Police Division, the residents stormed the station ablaze while a gun duel was recorded in Mushin area of the state.

At the Lekki-Epe expressway in Ajah, the mob overpowered policemen and seized their guns while in Ebute Metta and Lagos Island Police Post, some youths were said to have been killed by the police.

In Oshodi, the rampaging youths stormed the Makinde Police Division and burnt parts of it as reprisal for the two persons that were killed by the police who were enforcing curfew.

Confirming the attacks, police spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi said: “The hoodlums, who have been causing mayhem in Lagos state, under the guise of the ongoing #ENDSARS protests have killed two policemen at Orile Police Station, wounded many at various stations and set ablaze 10 police formations across the state.

“The violent and criminally-minded hoodlums descended on police stations/facilities and gruesomely murdered two policemen on Tuesday 20th October and Wednesday 21st October, while others were critically injured. They looted the affected stations and carted away some valuables.

“Some of the other affected police stations include Idimu, Igando, Layeni, Denton, Ilemba Hausa, Ajah, Amukoko, Ilasa, Cele Outpost under Ijesha, disbanded SARS officer under Ajegunle, Ebute-Ero Mushin (Olosan) where two policemen were shot by the hoodlums, Ojo and Ajegunle where two patrol vans each were set ablaze.

“Similarly, the hoodlums attacked three new generation banks on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st October, respectively, and carted away unspecified amount of money while some parts of the banks were set on fire before they were dislodged. Some of them were arrested with the loots from the banks, including arms and ammunition.

Ajeromi Ifelofun Local Government after it was set on fire by hoodlums
Several Vehicles destroyed by hoodlums inside the Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government

“At Ajegunle Area, they burnt the Secretariat of Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Council and some valuables including cars; and some other private medical and commercial centres were attacked.

“On Wednesday 21st October, the hoodlums again launched series of attacks on many facilities within Lagos State such as the Palace of Oba of Lagos, Shoprite Ajah, Nigerian Port Authority head office Marina, the Governor’s mother’s house at Akerele, VIO/Federal Road Safety Corps offices at Ojodu, Lagos State, Magistrate Courts, Igbosere, TVC station, The Nation Newspapers office, and many other shops/malls were looted.

“Generally, due to the persistent attacks and mayhem caused by the hoodlums, four people have been injured while others lost their lives.

“The command wishes to reiterate that in as much as we respect people’s opinions and rights, it will not allow the present situation degenerate to anarchy and general insecurity where hoodlums will have free days to kill, destroy and loot people’s property with impunity.

“The command will repel any group of individuals that might want to continue with these heinous and barbaric acts across the state. WE ARE COMMITTED TO MAINTENANCE OF LAW AND OTHER AND ENFORCEMENT OF ALL LAWS IN LAGOS STATE.”

In Ogun State, the hitherto peaceful protest embarked upon by youths took a dangerous violent dimension after it was hijacked by hoodlums.

Confirming the incident, Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the mob went to Atan-Ota and set the Police station there ablaze and subsequently murdered the D.C.O, DSP Augustine Ogbeche in cold blood.

Stating that a civilian also died in the process, he said the mob carted away arms and inflicted serious injury on the DPO, SP Sikiru Olugbenga whose whereabouts remain unknown.

Also in Abeokuta, he said some groups of boys attacked Obada-Oko divisional headquarters and vandalised it.

He said: “In view of this, the Commissioner of Police Ogun State Command is appealing to the youths to eschew violence and embrace peace as violence will do no one good.

“He is equally appealing to traditional institutions, parents and other critical stakeholders to prevail on the youths to stop this carnage and give the government a chance to address the situation.

“The youths are reminded that since the commencement of the protests the police have been nice and civil to them even when some of our men were injured and our stations damaged.

“We even went ahead and released all the 36 suspects we arrested. However if in the course of handling the protests anybody feels offended we plead understanding and not retaliatory measures including killing and maiming policemen and burning and damaging police stations.

“We will ensure that justice is served any aggrieved person. Please and please let us continue to embrace peace rather than violence.”

Properties destroyed in Lagos #EndSARS crisis

1. Nigeria Port Authority Lagos – Set ablaze

2. Orile Police Post, Lagos – Set ablaze

3. Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos – Totally destroyed

4. BRT Terminal, Oyingbo – New Buses set on fire

5. Television Continental, Ketu, Lagos – Set ablaze

6. VIO, FRSC Office, Ojodu – FRSC branded cars, generators set ablaze.

7. BRT Terminal, Ojodu, Lagos – Buses set ablaze

8. BRT Bus at Berger – Set ablaze

9. Lagos Television, Agidingbi, Ikeja – Shut down

10. Recreational Center, Oregun, Lagos – Set on fire

11. Oba’s Palace, Lagos – Burnt to ashes. His sceptre of authority seized

12. Sanwo Olu Mother’s House, Surulere, Lagos – Set ablaze

13 Kings College partially destroyed

14. Many lives lost already to the protests all in Lagos and south-west

15. Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos partially burnt

16. GTBank Branches burnt down

17. AccessBank Branches burnt down

18. Ajeromi Local Govt Secretariat

19. Lagos Island Local Govt destroyed

20. Lagos Island East LCDA Secretariat set on fire

21. Lagos Mainland Local Govt Secretariat Destroyed

22. Ibeju Lekki LCDA Secretariat destroyed

23. Sanwoolu’s Uncle’s house on Lagos Island

24. Ojodu LCDA new Secretariat structure

Still counting…

Sources: News Agency of Nigeria/ The Nation / Premium Times

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