There was panic in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos, on Wednesday, as some youths, who were celebrating President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election, attacked and wounded some policemen.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the youth from the Alaba Rago area, blocked both lanes of the Mile 2-Badagry Expressway.
It was learnt that the celebration, which began around 7 am, resulted in motorists being denied the use of both lanes of the road.
A resident, who identified himself simply as Peter, said the blockage of the road prevented people, who were going to work on the Lagos Island, Apapa and other areas of the state, from moving freely, adding that a lot of them had to alight from vehicles and trekked several kilometres to get to their workplaces.
He added that the youth were also violent as they hurled sachet water, pebbles and sticks at people they suspected were not pleased with their actions
According to him, not long after, police operatives arrived the scene to remove the tyres and other things they used in barricading the expressway so that commuters could pass.
He said the police action did not go down well with the youth, who launched attacks on the operatives and injured some of them in the process.
Peter stated, “Some exuberant Hausa youths, around 7am, blocked the Mile 2-Badagry Expressway while celebrating the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in Saturday’s presidential election.
“The celebration was not peaceful because apart from blocking the road, they were fully prepared for anyone who dared to query them. They did not mind the gridlock that their action caused. But when the police arrived to remove what they used to barricade the road, they attacked the policemen and wounded some of them.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, stating that some youths, who blocked the Mile 2-Badagry Expressway at the Okokomaiko end, attacked policemen on traffic assignment, who went to the area to clear the blockade.
He stated that the policemen, led by the Divisional Crime Officer, Sunday Oyekanmi, who were attacked, had been taken to the hospital, treated and discharged, adding that nobody died in the incident.
Oti told PUNCH Metro that the police had arrested 37 youths, involved in attacking the operatives.
He said, “Some youths blocked the expressway and when the report got to the command, it deployed policemen on traffic assignment to the area. When the policemen got there, they tried to persuade the youth to leave the road.
“In the process, the youth attacked and injured some policemen. However, we have arrested 37 of them, who have been linked with the attack on the policemen.”