In the aftermath of the earlier report by InsideMainland about the tense atmosphere in Ojota community following the efforts by the Lagos State Government to enforce relocation of the Ojota bus parks, the Police have reacted.
Earlier, InsideMainland reported that the enforced relocation at the bus parks was resisted by the concerned parties including Union boys at the parks.
As a result, the development led to panic among residents and other motorists over fears of an impending attack.
However, security operatives attached to the Lagos State Police Command including men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) were deployed to the scene to prevent breakdown of law and order.
Speaking to InsideMainland, a top source in the Police division said the eviction was based on a directive by the government.
“The enforcement started at about 9:00am in the morning. As expected, the boys at the park resisted the move and gathered in clusters at different points in the area including the Ojota bus stop.
“This sight is what led to the fears by residents and some motorists using the axis at the time.”
“The team involved in the eviction continued there work but the tensedatmosphere caused a bit of panic among residents.
“The officers on ground ensured that there was no attack and handled the situation well and there was no form of trouble whatsoever,” the source added.
Meanwhile, another account has it that the uneasiness in the area was caused by a factional war between the Union boys at the park.
The source said the brawl started at about 6:30pm on yesterday, Thursday, December 27, 2018, when another faction of the Union stormed the park to claim leadership.
In the ensuing battle, the source said bottles and other weapons were used freely which led to residents scampering for safety.
The development InsideMainland learnt, led to a deployment of Police operatives to the area to restore normalcy. The Police also kept vigil at the area to ward off any reprisal attack.
InsideMainland can report that men of the RRS are currently at targeted spots around the community to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties.