In Lagos: Hoodlums attack community, destroy vehicles, loot shops

There was pandemonium in the early hours of Sunday on Freedom Street in the Ebute Meta area of Lagos State as hoodlums stormed the area, burgled shops and vandalised several vehicles.

It was gathered that the hoodlums, numbering about 100, were returning from a party around 2am when they attacked the community.

Punch gathered that the hoodlums vandalised about 10 vehicles parked on the street and looted five shops.

A resident of the area, Mukaila Aromashodun, told PUNCH Metro that when police personnel from the Denton Police Station were called while the attack was going on, they said there was no fuel in their patrol vehicle.

One of the shop owners, Lauretta Anya, told our correspondent that the hoodlums stole all the clothes in her shop.

Another shop owner, Omobolanle Oyebola, who is a student of the University of Lagos, told our correspondent that she just opened the shop to support her education.

Another shop owner and resident of the area, Titilayo Aromashodun, said, “We were asleep when we heard the hoodlums using machetes to scratch the ground around 2am; we started hearing some people shouting ‘thieves’ and did not know that it was the guys saying that. Later, we saw them destroying so many things; they started breaking into shops and looting everything inside them.

Reacting to the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, told our correspondent that the police responded to the residents’ distress call, adding that two suspects had been arrested. Punch
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