The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday, October 27, explained the extent of the destruction wrought by hoodlums to public and private properties in the aftermath of the shooting of peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza, Lagos.
This disclosure was issued via a statement by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who gave the account at a press briefing in Lagos,.
According to Odumosu, 10 persons, comprising six policemen and four civilians were killed, while 38 policemen were injured in Lagos during the protests.
Odumosu also disclosed that 16 police stations were burnt and 13 vandalised by hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful #ENDSARS protests across the state.
The CP gave the identity of the policemen as ASP Yard Edward, attached to Denton Police Station; Inspector Olayinka Erinfolami of defunct Anti Kidnapping Unit (AKU); Inspector Adegbenro Aderibigbe attached to Meiran Division, Sergeant Abejide Abiodun of Department of Operations (DOPs), State Headquarters and two others attached to Orile Division.
He further disclosed that 58 police vehicles were burnt,13 vandalised, 62 vehicles belonging to individuals, and those connected with some pending cases (exhibits) were burnt and nine other vehicles vandalised by the hoodlums.
He also said that 15 motorcycles and tricycles were torched and 65 vandalised at various locations within the state.
Giving an account of public assets destroyed, Odumosu listed High Court Complex Igbosere, Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, Broad Street; Ejigbo LCDA Secretariat; BRT Terminal Iddo (where 67 buses were burnt); City Hall, Lagos Island; COVID-19 Warehouse at Monkey Village; BRT Terminals at Ojodu and Ikotun; Ajeromi Ifelodun LG Secretariat; NPA Head Office, Marina, and FRSC/VIO Office at Ojodu, where only the vehicles parked outside the main buildings within their compounds were burnt.
Odumosu said: “Sixteen Police Stations were set ablaze during the unrest. They included Orile, Amukoko, Layeni, Old Area J Command Ajah, Elemoro, New Area J Command Elemoro, Igando, Ebute-Ero; and its barracks as well as Ilasamaja Police Stations.
“Others were Makinde and its barracks; Ikotun; Isokoko; Pen-Cinema; Onipanu; as well as Alade Police Stations, etc.
“Thirteen formations were vandalised amongst which were Ojo and Ojodu Stations. Police posts burnt included Cele, llogbo-Elerin, Shibiri, Defunct Anti-Cultism office, Gbagada, Defunct SARS Office Onilekere, Makoko, Daleko, Ashamu, Makinyo, Amuwo-Odofin, Defunct Anti-Kidnapping Office, Surulere and Old SARS Office Ajegunle.
“During the unrest, the police posts that were vandalised by the hoodlums included PPL; Mowo; Morogbo; Ikota; and also Mawa police posts.
“Some private facilities, as well as other investments that were partly torched and vandalised/looted, included the Oba of Lagos’ Palace; Television Continental Station (TVC) at Ikosi-Ketu, Access Bank, GTBank and Ebeano Supermarket at Victoria Island, The Nation Newspaper office at Fatai Atere Street, Mushin, Shoprite Malls at Ajah, LTV 8, Alausa, Ikeja, Surulere, Samsung Outlet at Apple Roundabout, Festac, Shoprite at Festac, Samsung Office Oyingbo, etc. However, some of the looted items from these outlets/offices have been recovered.
“Based on these incidences, the command was able to arrest a total of 520 suspects for various offences ranging from arson; robbery; murder; rioting; malicious damage; and also unlawful possession of firearms,” he said.
According to Odumosu, those arrested were not peaceful #ENDSARS protesters, stated that it was a known fact armed hoodlums hijacked the protests; and were responsible for series of killings; arson; and also looting recorded.
He said further: “Thorough investigation into the cases has commenced. Members of the public should be rest assured that they will be updated as the investigation progresses.
“At this juncture, I will like to appreciate officers and men of this command for their doggedness; gallantry and commitment to maintaining law and order and restoration of normalcy to the state.
“Also, I commend the community leaders and stakeholders for their support in this regard; especially on the recovery of the looted arms and ammunition and valuables. They have been so helpful.
“Last but not the least the command appreciates other sister/security agencies for their support in the struggle for the restoration of peace and harmony to the state.”