There was drama in the Itire -Ikate area of Surulere , Lagos State, on Friday, November 8 , 2019 , as hoodlums invaded some streets and vandalised over 200 vehicles belonging to residents .
According to the residents , the vandalised vehicles were parked on Bashorun , Shobande , Ogunsami, Ogunmuyiwa , Oredola, Lagos , Oshiga , Salami Bashorun and adjoining streets under the Oredola Community Development Association .
Reports gathered that there was a crisis was between hoodlums from Shobande and Wosilat streets , as they stormed the area around 11. 30pm on Friday and allegedly used cutlasses and hammers to smash the windscreens of vehicles parked on streets in the area .
It was learnt that the hoodlums , who wore masks , also took advantage of the tension in the area to rob unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables during the operation .
A mechanic in the area , Amuda Olisa, said the crisis was between two factions of hoodlums in the community, adding that two vehicles belonging to his customers were vandalised.
He stated , “On Friday, around 11. 30pm , the hoodlums invaded the area and started breaking the windscreens of vehicles that were parked on the streets .
They carried out the operation till 1 am , but when the police came, they had already vandalised a lot of vehicles .
The boys are from Shobande and Wosilat streets , but the police did not arrest them .
“ The fight started on Thursday , but the police were able to chase the hoodlums away .
On Friday night , they reinforced and started vandalising vehicles .
We were hearing the sound of vehicles being smashed with cutlasses and hammers , and they also robbed people .
“ Two vehicles belonging to my customers were vandalised.
I will have to foot the bill of repairing the vehicles .
The hoodlums even came back on Saturday , but we the residents had to defend ourselves and chased them away , because they had already done a lot of damage. ”
A resident of the area , Yusuf Abubakar , said the hoodlums smashed the windscreens of over 200 vehicles during the invasion , adding that the Chairman , Itire – Ikate Local Council Development Area , Ahmed Apatira , had visited the community to assess the situation.
Abubakar stated , “The windscreens of vehicles that they destroyed were over 200 .
We were just hearing sound around midnight and residents , who peeped through their windows , estimated that the hoodlums were over 30 and were armed with cutlasses , torch lights and other weapons, with which they vandalised the vehicles .
“In the morning , we realised that a lot of vehicles had been destroyed on my street; it was later that we realised that vehicles parked on six other streets were also destroyed .
“ When the Chairman of the LCDA and his entourage visited the area , they only observed what happened and left.
A lot of residents have taken their vehicles away for repairs , while some are still parked at the spot where they were vandalised. ”
Another resident , Bankole Ajirotutu, said up to 40 vehicles parked on Lagos Street were vandalised, adding that his car was among them .
The Chairman , Oredola CDA , Yinka Oniare , said the hoodlums covered their faces with masks when perpetrating the crime , adding that the business of mechanics in the area had been affected.
He stated , “The hoodlums were young boys armed with cutlasses , hammers and other weapons used in destroying over 200 vehicles parked on the roads .
Most of the people , who saw them , said the hoodlums were masked .
All the vehicles parked on Shobande , Ogunsami, Ogunmuyiwa , Oredola, Lagos , Oshiga and Salami Bashorun streets , including those belonging to customers of mechanics , were badly damaged.
“ They also destroyed vehicles parked on Ogunsami Street and Salami Bashorun Street, where the Chairman , Apatira , lives . ”
The state Police Public Relations Officer , Bala Elkana , however, said only 12 vehicles were vandalised, adding that gangs from a neighbouring community were responsible for the attack .
“ It was not a clash ; the gangs came from a neighbouring community that is having issues with gangs in the area .
The gangs came through the lagoon around 4 am and vandalised 12 vehicles parked on the streets and ran back .
The police responded and arrested a suspect .
Investigation is ongoing, ” Elkana said .
The residents faulted the position of the police , saying they only visited one of the affected streets .
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