Residents of Oyingbo community, Lagos Mainland were thrown into a state of distress on Sunday, November 11, 2018, as thugs numbering more than twenty-five decided to take their fight for supremacy to the streets at the wee hours of the night, destroying properties and carting away with some traders items in the process.
During the melee, some commercial buses used in moving produce from the farm to Oyingbo market were destroyed among other vehicles and properties belonging to residents, Punch reports.
Speaking on the development, a resident, Alhaja Mohi Kadara narrated that; “It has been about six months now that they (the thugs) started fighting. They would come into the community and destroy things.
“On Sunday morning, before I arrived at the shop, I was told not to come early because the boys were at it again. By the time I got there, I saw that they had already destroyed numerous vehicles, including three of the buses that bring in agricultural produce for us from Ile-Ife, Osun State.
“The drivers had to run for their lives when they sighted the thugs. The thugs stole the battery of one of the buses, broke the windscreens of two others and stole the vehicle particulars. They also stole the drivers’ phones and money.”
Alhaja Kadara added that she has never witnessed such level of destruction in the community before.
Also speaking on the development, another victim, Alhaja Fausat Shogamu, who is the leader of fruit sellers in the market said the fight lasted for about 3 hours between 1:00 am and 4:00 am.
She explained that during the fight, the thugs broke into six shops and carted away with all the valuables they could get. She noted that the thugs destroyed eighteen vehicles parked on Coates street and Borno way in Oyingbo, Lagos Mainland.
While appealing to the government to provide adequate security to check the activities of armed thugs in the area, a community leader, Lateef Lasisi said “the traders in this community are into the sale of agricultural produce, the little they get as proceeds are what they use for training their children through school. Imagine some miscreants breaking into their shops and carting away with their valuables and money. We ask that the government provide a police patrol team to the area from 8:00 pm.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said some of the boys had been rounded up, adding that investigation was still ongoing to arrest those who were at large.
“We received a distress call that a group of boys were engaged in a free-for-all in the Oyingbo/Ebute Meta area of Lagos. A quick intervention team from the Denton Police Station was deployed in the location and brought the situation under control before it escalated. Fifteen hoodlums were arrested.
“One of the boys has made a confessional statement, claiming that he and the others engaged in a territorial battle for supremacy. He took us to where they kept their weapons and we have been able to recover eight machetes and two daggers. Investigation is still ongoing and as soon as it is completed, they will be charged to court,” he said.