Three people dead while 150 vehicles, 50 shops were destroyed when a fight between two rival gangs in Mushin area of Lagos, degenerated and resulted in violence.
One of the those reportedly killed has been identified as Aji from Bida in Niger State. According to one Hassan Muhammed, he was shot dead at Mushin road by Kayode bus stop at about 11 am on Monday morning, November 16.
According to report, the fight which started on Sunday night, during a social function organised at Alaafia street was said to have degenerated till Monday, November 16 and extended to Daniel street, Idi-Araba and Idi-Oro areas.
The hoodlums were said to have looted about 50 shops and carted away the items while about 150 vehicles were destroyed.
At Olusoga, Daniel, Awawu streets and environs, the hoodlums were said to have first damaged the transformer to put the area in darkness before using torch lights to loot and vandalize shops.
The hoodlums engaged some street boys who tried to stop them, and 15 persons were injured in the process. They were treated by medical personnel in the area.
The hoodlums, however, returned in the morning throwing bottles, sticks, and stones. They warned residents not to take photos or or videos of their looting.
It was gathered that another set of hoodlums came from Idi-Araba to attack the community. A resident of Awawu Street said her husband and neighbour’s cars were vandalised.
“We parked the cars in our compound. They threw all sorts of dangerous things that landed on the vehicles. We dared not go out,” she said.
Another resident, Wale, said the police ignored their calls for help. “They told us to deal with the situation as they will only come after the fracas. Please, help call whoever you know that can help us. We are under serious attack,” he said.
The hoodlums were chased away by some officers who later turned up, but they returned with guns and chased the officers away.
The Chairman of Mushin Local Government Area Emmanuel Bamigboye later visited the scene with reinforcement of police officers.
Bamigoye said the fracas was between two factions and lamented that the destruction was massive.