The violence in Ebute-Metta left 6 people wounded
Pandemonium broke out at Ebute-Metta area of Lagos on Thursday when suspected rival gangs clashed.
No fewer than six persons were said to be injured after being caught in the crossfire, while about 30 vehicles suffered various degrees of vandalism.
It was gathered that trouble started around midnight with sporadic gunshots fired by unidentified rival gangs fighting for supremacy in the area.
Areas badly affected by the rampaging youths include: Brickfield Street, Apapa Road; Daudu Lane; Olokodana, where some people got robbed with properties also looted.
Residents said they had been living in fear of what was coming, for some time, following threats of attack by the hoodlums.
The crisis could have snowballed into a total breakdown of law and order but for the intervention of police officers drafted from various divisions to quell the violence.
Residents called on the State Commissioner of Police to redeploy police officers from the nearby Iponri division, whom they accused of being compromised and nonchalant.
A community leader, who requested anonymity, stated that the police officers at the division demand for bribe each time the residents go there to report a case.
“We know that Ebutte-Metta is like a breeding ground for thugs and hoodlums, but the policemen at Iponri police station are milking cows. Some of these hoodlums will tell you that the police cannot arrest them, so despite our efforts to take them to the station, they have a way of being released,? he said.
?We therefore call on the Commissioner of Police to redeploy all the policemen in this area and this case be transferred to the police headquarters for thorough investigation, because the policemen here wine, dine and smoke hemp with these hoodlums.”
The state police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, said normalcy had returned to the area and that police patrol teams were on ground to prevent further breakdown of law and order.
?Six of the hoodlums have been arrested and will soon be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad at the State Command for thorough investigation,? she added.