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Miscreants set Lagos Council secretariat, Lagoon hospital on fire

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Hours after the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, imposed a curfew on the state over uprising, dozens of hoodlums stormed Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Secretariat, on Tuesday, looted property worth millions of Naira, and set the council ablaze.

Aside from the structures, the thugs also vandalised an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) owned by a commercial bank, First Bank of Nigeria, and set ablaze over 10 vehicles parked within the premises.

Also, the hoodlums did not spare a private hospital, Lagoon Hospital, in Apapa axis of the state, they were said to have stormed the hospital set it on fire.

As gathered, the incidents occurred simultaneously with both premises recording losses during the ongoing protest against brutality and extra-judicial killings by disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a formation of the Nigerian Police had subsided.

The council secretariat, which was located at Baale Street, Ajegunle axis, was said to have been taken over by the hoodlums that overpowered the guards, who also sustained injuries while preventing the attackers from gaining entrance.

A staff of the council, who did not want his name mentioned since he was not allowed to speak told The Guild that the private security guards were currently on admission at a hospital after sustaining injuries during the attack that lasted for several minutes.

He added that the council was attacked by the hoodlums shortly after razing a police station located a few meters away from the secretariat.

On the hospital, The Guild gathered that it was attacked after refusing to accept a victim of a gunshot wound brought into Lagoon hospital premises by a commercial motorcycle operator popularly called Okada rider.

Confirming the attacks, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that both facilities and over five police stations were set ablaze by thugs that disguised as protesters.

Adejobi added that the Lagoon Hospital was partly attacked by the miscreants, while Ajeromi Ifelodun council secretariat was completely looted and burnt.

According to him, we will make sure there is not total break down of law and order in Lagos State as adequate security operatives have been deployed to enforce the curfew.

Earlier, Lagoon hospital, in a statement by the hospital, the management stated that the hospital was not badly affected as many had speculated after the attack on the facility.

It said: “Hello all, we attend to all emergency cases. He was brought in dead and the Okada man tried to abandon him. The Okada man drove away and dumped the dead body outside the hospital. We did not know he was left on the road. We are committed to assisting all those injured. Thank you to everyone supporting healthcare workers.

“The ER entrance was damaged and they burnt tyres at the car park. Thankfully no staff was injured and though badly shaken, all are home now. The hospital was not burnt”.

 

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