Police reacts to Lagos hoodlums terror

The Lagos State Police Command has promised to hunt down the thugs who created a violent situation in a dispute of land ownership at Magodo-Isheri on Tuesday supposedly given to them by court order.

The state police commissioner, Idowu Owohunwa, made the vow after the tension finally calmed.

Expressive Info earlier reported that hoodlums stormed the Lagos area to prevent court agents from pasting an Appeal Court’s judgment given on 16 March, landlords in the community right as owners of the land.

And an update later showed that the clash resulted when the thugs faced resistance from youths in the community after the thugs interrupted a traditional meeting in the palace of the monarch in the community. The volatile situation suddenly escalated as the clash be turned into a weaponized combat, forcing local residents and business people to stay off the streets. The conflict even shut down the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, causing motorists to explore alternative roads.

Owohunwa expressed sadness over the crisis, imploring the two parties to resolve their dispute by legal means rather that spread fear among residents through violence. He said:

“My message is that for those involved in this breach, they will be held accountable for their actions.

“The Criminal Investigation Department CID has been asked to take over the investigation.

“We have identified some of the actors and we are in the process of apprehending and bringing them to justice.”

The police commissioner admitted that no arrest has been made as the tension quickly died down, but he assured that the troublemakers would be apprehended.

“Now that peace has been achieved, the next thing is to go after those involved in breaching public peace.

“Now that the CID has taken over the case, there will be arrests any moment from now,” Owohunwa said.