May 29: Rampaging youths set Lagos police post ablaze

Angry youths in the early hours of Monday invaded a police post located on Olayiwola Close, in the Oregun area of Ikeja, Lagos State, set it ablaze and injured a policeman on duty.

As of the time of filing this report, the motivation behind the attack could not be ascertained but our correspondent gathered that the policeman, who sustained an injury in the head, was rushed to the emergency centre at the toll gate along the Lagos Ibadan Expressway for prompt treatment.

It was learnt that while the station was on fire, officials of the Lagos State Fire Service were contacted and mobilised to the scene to salvage the situation.

The fire was put out but part of the building of the police post was affected. However, no weapon was stolen.

Confirming the attack, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, when contacted, said an investigation into the case had commenced, adding that “no suspect had been arrested.”

Meanwhile, two suspected members of the Yoruba Nation were arrested during an attempt to take over the Alausa Police Station in Ikeja on Sunday.

During the invasion, the agitators, numbering about 15, while on the premises, brought out their phones and started recording the station and themselves chanting, “No more Nigeria police again”, “Yoruba Nation has taken over in Yoruba land.”

In an attempt to disperse the protesters, some policemen attached to the station were attacked.

Reacting, Hundeyin said police reinforcement was promptly dispersed to the scene and two of the agitators were arrested while others escaped.

He also noted that charms, cutlasses and insignia of the group were recovered from the suspects.

By Delhi Lambo