It has been reported that serious panic was recorded in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos, on Wednesday, as some youths, who were celebrating President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election, attacked and wounded some policemen.
According to Punch Metro, it was gathered that the youth from the Alaba Rago area, blocked both lanes of the Mile 2-Badagry Expressway.
It was learnt that the celebration, which began around 7 am, resulted in motorists being denied the use of both lanes of the road.
A resident, who identified himself simply as Peter, said the blockage of the road prevented people, who were going to work on the Lagos Island, Apapa and other areas of the state, from moving freely, adding that a lot of them had to alight from vehicles and trekked several kilometres to get to their workplaces.
He added that the youth were also violent as they hurled sachet water, pebbles and sticks at people they suspected were not pleased with their actions.
According to him, not long after, police operatives arrived the scene to remove the tyres and other things they used in barricading the expressway so that commuters could pass.
He said the police action did not go down well with the youth, who launched attacks on the operatives and injured some of them in the process.
Peter stated, “Some exuberant Hausa youths, around 7am, blocked the Mile 2-Badagry Expressway while celebrating the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in Saturday’s presidential election.
“The celebration was not peaceful because apart from blocking the road, they were fully prepared for anyone who dared to query them. They did not mind the gridlock that their action caused. But when the police arrived to remove what they used to barricade the road, they attacked the policemen and wounded some of them.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, stating that some youths, who blocked the Mile 2-Badagry Expressway at the Okokomaiko end, attacked policemen on traffic assignment, who went to the area to clear the blockade.
He stated that the policemen, led by the Divisional Crime Officer, Sunday Oyekanmi, who were attacked, had been taken to the hospital, treated and discharged, adding that nobody died in the incident.
Oti told PUNCH Metro that the police had arrested 37 youths, involved in attacking the operatives.
He said, “Some youths blocked the expressway and when the report got to the command, it deployed policemen on traffic assignment to the area. When the policemen got there, they tried to persuade the youth to leave the road.
“In the process, the youth attacked and injured some policemen. However, we have arrested 37 of them, who have been linked with the attack on the policemen.”
Similarly, hoodlums invaded some streets on the Lagos Island and allegedly attacked some Igbo traders for not voting for Buhari in Saturday’s election.
It was gathered that the attack, which occurred around 9am, prevented the traders from opening their shops until police operatives intervened.
The hoodlums, who were said to have been armed with weapons, reportedly threatened the traders, and were quoted as saying, “We campaigned with them to vote for Buhari, but they refused and voted for Atiku; they cannot come here to do business again; they must vote for whoever we ask them to vote for; if they ever vote for the PDP again, that will be their end.”
It was gathered that the arrival of policemen prevented the incident from escalating.
Oti, however, said the hoodlums did not attack Igbo traders; rather, they had a misunderstanding among themselves, adding that when the police were notified of the situation, they quickly mobilised to the area and the hoodlums were dispersed peacefully.
He said, “The measure was aimed at preventing the spread of violence. Our men are everywhere on the island to forestall any attempt by ‘area boys’ to foment trouble, which may lead to affray.
“We have assured residents and workers around the island area of the state to go about their normal business as the police are in full control of the area; the whole place is peaceful.”