Tension in Lagos over attempt to burn police station

By Odera Nwachukwu

There was tension in Lagos over an attempt by rampaging hoodlums in the popular Ile-Epo market in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State this Monday afternoon to burn the police station in the market.

Scores of security operatives have since been deployed to the market to forestall an attack as buyers and sellers in the busy market scampered for safety.

The PUNCH gathered that a police officer while on duty clashed with one of the market boys.

A competent source told our correspondent that the market boy tried to hijack the cop’s rifle and a bullet was discharged in the process leaving the market boy in a pool of blood.

It was also learnt that the market boy was rushed to a near by hospital in the area.

The source added that in protest, hoodlums set a section of the market ablaze and also tried to burn the police station at the back of the market.

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The hoodlums were, however, over powered and dispelled when more men of the Lagos State Police Command dispatched to the market arrived at the scene.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a terse statement said normalcy has been restored in the area as attempt to burn the police station was unsuccessful.

Adejobi said, “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for thorough investigation into the incident.

“The command wishes to debunk the rumour that Ile Epo Police Station was set ablaze by the hoodlums. This news is false and should be disregarded. The command intends to give details of the incident as soon as possible.”

Details later…

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