There was distress in the early hours of Sunday in the Oyingbo territory of Lagos State as criminals occupied with a free-for-all.
Traders were also robbed and vehicles vandalized.
Reports say gangsters numbering over twenty-five were battling for regional supremacy in the town of Oyingbo.
It was gathered that a portion of the vehicles vandalized by the gangsters included interstate transports utilized in transporting ranch produce to the Oyingbo Market.
One of the market ladies, Alhaja Moji Kadara, while considering the misfortunes brought about an outcome the battle, said the degree of harm was extraordinary.
She stated, “It has been around a half year now that they (gangsters) begun battling; they would come into the area and decimate things.
“On Sunday morning, before I arrived at the shop, I was advised not to come early in light of the fact that the young men were grinding away once more.
“When I arrived, I saw that they had officially wrecked various vehicles, including three of the transports that get rural produce for us from Ile-Ife, Osun State.
“The drivers needed to keep running for their lives when they located the hooligans. The hooligans stole the battery of one of the transports, broke the windscreens of two others and stole the vehicles’ particulars.
“They additionally stole the drivers’ telephones and cash. I have never seen such vandalism.”
The leader of organic product merchants in the market, Alhaja Fausat Shogbamu, said the battle broke out around 1am and kept going till about 4am.
“I live in the area. The gangsters broke into six shops and stole each profitable things and cash they could lay their hands on.
“Those offering vegetables were likewise looted of their cash. They vandalized each vehicle along Coates Street, Oyingbo Road and Borno Way; altogether, 18 vehicles were decimated,” she added.
However, a community leader, Lateef Lasisi, approached the administration to make a police watch group accessible in the zone to put the gangsters within proper limits.
He stated, “Merchants in this area are into the sale of farming produce. The little they earn is what they use for preparing their children through school.
“Imagine a few miscreants breaking into their shops and taking their cash. What we ask from the government is that a police watch group ought to be accommodated the zone whenever from 8pm.
“Those bringing the products from the ranches didn’t comprehend what was occurring in Lagos, just for them to have their vehicles vandalized on getting to Lagos. It isn’t reasonable in any way.”
The Baale of Oyingbo, Chief Adegboyega Junaid, said the young men were just utilizing the battle as an avenue to steal.
Junaid expressed, “The young men executing these demonstrations are between the ages of 14 and 16.
“It is the point at which they need to take that they guarantee to battle one another and all the while, they vandalize vehicles, grab telephones from individuals, break into shops and even harm a few people.
“All that were pulverized were valued at about N5million. We have held up our grumbling with the Denton Police Station and we are making endeavors to locate a lasting answer for the danger.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said a portion of the young men had been gathered together, including that investigation was all the while progressing to capture the individuals who were on the loose.
Oti stated, “We got a pain call that a gathering of young men were occupied with a free-for-all in the Oyingbo/Ebute Meta zone of Lagos.
“A fast mediation group from the Denton Police Station was sent in the area and brought the circumstance under control before it raised. Fifteen hoodlums were captured.
“One of the young men has put forth a confession booth expression, guaranteeing that he and the others occupied with a regional fight for matchless quality.
“He took us to where they kept their weapons and we have possessed the capacity to recoup eight cleavers and two knifes. Investigation is as yet continuous and when it is finished, they will be charged to court.”
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