3 killed, others injured in post-election fracas in Lagos – Independent Observers

3 killed, others injured in post-election fracas in Lagos

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By Tunde Niyi-Akinmade

Three persons were feared killed and many others, including policemen, injured in a post-election fracas in Alaba Rago area of Lagos State on Wednesday

Violence was reported to have broke out at Okokomaiko around noon when some youths celebrated the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in last Saturday’s election on the expressway.

Sources said the youths, armed with sticks, brooms and bottles, sang songs of victory from Alaba Rago and marched towards Okokomaiko, blocking the expressway and challenging other road users.

They were said to have resorted to violence at Okokomaiko, attacking traders and destroying their shops.

An eyewitness said the youths, celebrating and shouting “Sai Baba marched towards Okokomaiko from Alaba Rago.

“When they got to Okokomaiko, they started destroying traders’ goods and this made them (traders) to run for fear.

“The hoodlums went to Okokomaiko Police Division and the officers tried to stop them, but they were violent. They attacked the officers and injured some of the policemen.

“We heard gunshots and later news started spreading that they killed one of the policemen. Parents ran to schools to take their children.

“Vehicles were not moving on this busy road because the youths also burnt tyres. It was terrible. Soldiers later came to restore peace,” she said.

People reported that policemen, who later came to the scene, arrested some people, who they alleged were innocent bystanders and not the perpetrators of the violence.

Policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and soldiers were still on the scene with a RRS helicopter was hovering over the area.

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